Bolton GPs to share information about patients

Su Long

Su Long

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

PATIENT records will be shared by GP practices in Bolton as part of a new health and social care system being rolled out across England — but patients can still opt out.

The NHS is creating a new digital information system, which will use routine details from medical records to help improve health services.

The system, known as care.data, has been rolled out by Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) in the north of England on behalf of NHS England, and now the rest of the country will follow.

GP practices in Bolton will take information from patient medical records every month and this will automatically be sent to the HSCIC. A patient’s date of birth, full postcode, NHS number and gender, rather than their name, will be used to link their records in a secure online system, managed by the HSCIC.

Su Long, chief officer at NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The aim of this national initiative is to drive improvements in patient care. For NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, it will mean we have higher quality information about the health needs of our community, which will help us to make better decisions on planning health care provision.

“For example, we will be able to track and understand the different treatments Bolton people with diabetes are receiving, whether from their GP or hospital.

“Data will have personal information removed before organisations like the CCG can use it.

“Patients have the right to object to their data being used for purposes other than their direct care. If patients wish to restrict their data being used then they should talk to their GP.”

People happy to have their information shared do not have to do anything, but those who object are urged to speak to a staff member at their practice.

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11:57am Wed 8 Jan 14

enbee says...

Please don't "talk to your GP" if you want to opt out. It is wholly unnecessary.
You do not need to see your GP, do not need to speak to your Practice Manager and do not need to ring your GP surgery to opt out.
Just download a form (e.g. from optout.care-data.inf
o ), fill it in and hand it in.
Your GP will add the relevant codes to your records and your data will be protected and not uploaded.

Neil (GP)
Please don't "talk to your GP" if you want to opt out. It is wholly unnecessary. You do not need to see your GP, do not need to speak to your Practice Manager and do not need to ring your GP surgery to opt out. Just download a form (e.g. from optout.care-data.inf o ), fill it in and hand it in. Your GP will add the relevant codes to your records and your data will be protected and not uploaded. Neil (GP) enbee
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11:58am Wed 8 Jan 14

enbee says...

sorry, that's optout.care-data.inf
o
sorry, that's optout.care-data.inf o enbee
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8:31pm Wed 8 Jan 14

steveG says...

GP 's were given money some years ago by the last Government to finance just such a scheme. Nothing happened.
GP 's were given money some years ago by the last Government to finance just such a scheme. Nothing happened. steveG
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10:48am Sat 11 Jan 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Some of our GPs have financial links to private health care companies, and to drugs companies.

That is why elderly patients are being demonised as a burden on the NHS, and are being directed away from NHS hospitals, and from A and E depts. towards so-called "community health centres" , which will increasingly become privatised, and where "privatisation compliant" GPs and nurses and clinicians will operate, and where, under the disguise of "NHS Choices", they will promote private health companies and the products of pharmaceutical companies.

What is more, they will be selling our private data to health insurance companies, private hospitals, and drugs companies.

The whole shebang is thoroughly corrupt.
Some of our GPs have financial links to private health care companies, and to drugs companies. That is why elderly patients are being demonised as a burden on the NHS, and are being directed away from NHS hospitals, and from A and E depts. towards so-called "community health centres" , which will increasingly become privatised, and where "privatisation compliant" GPs and nurses and clinicians will operate, and where, under the disguise of "NHS Choices", they will promote private health companies and the products of pharmaceutical companies. What is more, they will be selling our private data to health insurance companies, private hospitals, and drugs companies. The whole shebang is thoroughly corrupt. Puffin-Billy
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