How gemusing, I am in receipt of a letter from Nanny's chums in the NHS telling me that my basic health care details will be uploaded onto her brand new shiny "Summary Care Record".
This wonderful piece of kit allegedly will provide doctors and NHS staff with basic details about my ongoing medication (if I were receiving any), allergies I may have and some other basic stuff.
My local GP has the task of uploading this data. I don't have to raise a finger, unless I don't want Nanny to do this.
Why wouldn't I want Nanny to do this?
Well, aside from the fact that I distrust the state, Nanny's IT and database history is hardly inspiring (she regularly fails when it comes to technology, cost control and security).
I would also note that I am more than peeved at the fact that this is not an "opt in" procedure, but an "opt out" one; ie Nanny presumes that I want this unless I say otherwise.
In order to opt out I have to go to a special form on one of Nanny's websites, fill it in then send it to my doctor. Rather annoyingly I have not been to a doctor for some 15 years or more, and cannot for the life of me remember who mine is or where he is located (most especially as I have moved).
Anyhoo, it seems that relief is to hand. A fortnight or so ago it was announced that Nanny was suspending the database.
The British Medical Association have warned that the summary care records are being set up at "break-neck speed", sometimes without patients' knowledge.
The plans have also raised concerns about security and patient confidentiality.
Doctors have also been unenthusiastic about the technology.
Another IT success brought to you by the Nanny state!
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