Big Brother to Log Drinking Habits and Waist Size, UK Doctors Forced to Hand Over Confidential Records

Jack DoyleDaily Mail
February 4, 2013

GPs are to be forced to hand over confidential records on all their patients’ drinking habits, waist sizes and illnesses.

The files will be stored in a giant information bank that privacy campaigners say represents the ‘biggest data grab in NHS history’.

They warned the move would end patient confidentiality and hand personal information to third parties.

The data includes weight, cholesterol levels, body mass index, pulse rate, family health history, alcohol consumption and smoking status.

Diagnosis of everything from cancer to heart disease to mental illness would be covered. Family doctors will have to pass on dates of birth, postcodes and NHS numbers.

But Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University, said: ‘Under these proposals, medical confidentiality is, in effect, dead and there is currently nobody standing in the way.’ Nick Pickles, of the privacy group Big Brother Watch, said NHS managers would now be in charge of our most confidential information.

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Do you think the day will ever come when instead of policy playing the part of puppet on behalf of greedy insurance rackets (and yes, sorry, Obamacare is another case of this) we might actually vilify proper, every-day, health threats?  
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