Oh and you’ve got about 2 weeks till they start shifting your data over, so you want to get in before then, as you can’t opt out after.
Once your data is out of your reach and on a networked system, the cat is out of the bag. (Ever tried herding cats?)
For those fearing that the dissent codes won’t be honoured, the only thing to do is wait till later in the process and submit a subject access request to the HSCIC under the data protection act – there’s information on how to do this on the ICO website here: Find out how to request your personal information | ICO
Be aware that some medical data is exempt from the DPA. (HSCIC can sell your data, but you may not be allowed to see what they’re selling.) If they honour the dissent codes, there should be no information there to withhold.
this unfortunately seems to be an idea of the most recent government, which is only begrudgingly keeping the NHS running – since 2010 they had been discussing getting more involvement with US-based private sector companies in healthcare IT (also following various major project failures ) and this must be how they are planning on funding it :hopeless:
this is why British folk (unlike those elsewhere in Northern Europe where they are willing to fund the whole things through taxes) are so suspicious of any central govt ID database….