Sunday, February 05, 2006

GPs open up patient files to drug firms

I'm not paranoid, they are out to get me ;) Seriously though, here's just one illustration of why I don't want my health records floating around a giant NHS database:

A SALES representative employed by a drugs company was given access to confidential National Health Service patient records to identify those who could be given an expensive new drug to treat cholesterol.

The representative, working for Merck, was given permission by a GP to examine patients’ files to identify those who might be at risk from heart disease. Medical experts said the violation of privacy was “reprehensible”…

1 comment:

Word Mincer said...

shocking. it's like 'the constant gardener', only UK style!