Computer Weekly's take on the reasons for the care.data 'pause' http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2014/02/legal-straights-forced-nhs-del.html
I have to respectfully disagree with the attitude of 'anonymous' above. The percentage of smokers that do or do not cease smoking when diagnosed should have no bearing whatsoever on whether or not a patient is considered for such testing. Where it is reasonable to suspect the possibility of COPD then it should be tested for. The patient has the right to know that they have the condition and to make that personal choice, hopefully with the supportive attitude of their GP. After all, you would not turn a blind eye to heart disease or type2 diabetes simply because many patients do not adhere to suggested lifestyle changes.