NHS England and its acolytes getting GPs to do their dirty work in trying to sell this contradictory idea.
And Mr wotsit who is in charge of the scheme cannot convince me that anyone is really listening. It is ill-thought out and useless and whould be scrapped until someone can come up with a better idea which does not reveal any identifiable personal details. Call me a cynic but I think they only want to sell the info to their mates in corporations for targetted advertising when all goes private..
yes why not oppose the scheme wholeheartedly if there are concerns? Urgent need for transparency is obvious but there are multiple problems in this scheme. It needs to be stopped.
It is hardly GPs' fault that this breach of privacy can now take place. I suggest that every practice informs patients how to opt out of this latest development. A letter to the practice saying that s/he does not give consent and specifically forbids disclosure of information would then make an interesting test case if whoever will use the data tries to challenge it. I cannot see how the default position can be disclosure in relation to the right to privacy.
@Anonymous | 27 June 2013 10:11pm
To support your claim of "... that the enormous immigration permitted by both Governments must surely contribute to available funds for running the NHS albeit more efficiently." please kindly supply evidence backed by reliable figures.
"The first challenge is to treat the person and not the illness."
What does he know about this? It sounds curiously like the edicts of a certain Herr Hahnemann and his ardent followers, i.e. homeopaths.
This man Hunt is not fit for purpose, is hell-bent on destroying general practice (and as we know is already overseeing the closure of some practices, though of course he no longer has responsibility for anything so it won't be his fault) and has by the sound of it always disliked the NHS. It is shocking that he has this brief. Oh and I seem to remember something about Branson being a friend of his as well as Murdoch. Assura/Virgin care anyone?
I think it has been clear from the start that the coalition government in general and Hunt in particular will only be happy when general practice as we know it has been destroyed and the NHS reduced to a backup system/brand name for procedures in which the private sector is not interested and for people who can't afford private insurance.
This health secretary seems to take delight in attacking primary care, especially GPs, his pronouncements seemingly plucked from the air and without any substance or evidence at all. We all know that he co-wrote a book in which he said, in effect, that the NHS was a waste of space.
I just wish there were a) a means of getting all this across to the public and b) some real tough opposition in parliament. Trouble is, Blair's labour party did much to lay the groundwork for the current destruction. We have to keep fighting.
This grinning ambitious career-politician is really not fit for purpose. Apart from his ignorance I understand he is on record as suggesting that the NHS is a waste of space.
But I feel that as well as this general animosity to the whole organisation, he and his tory coalition are trying hard to demolish general practice, so that, unless there is a huge fight to prevent it, in a few years' time the notion of a 'family doctor' could be but a wistful memory.
Whilst this may be welcome, it is a bribe to stop everyone opposing the new tendering/competition regulations for commissioning. Lord Howe says he's listened again and has made amendments. But with the onus on commissioners to prove that for example the status quo is best for patients, so he hasn't really changed anything and anyway how much extra time will this 'proof' take.
Don't let these people destroy general practice.
This looks like tick-box medicine gone crazy. And there I was thinking that doctors were going to be leading the NHS under the NHS and Social Care Act.
Surely the whole problem with the ghastly NHS destruction - er "reforms" - is that health services are being planned as if they were just like any old commodity in a supermarket. Everything has to have a monetary value, people are all customers and cheapo bargains abound.
Good to have all the CVs spelled out like that. It says a lot.
Could we see the evidence please? Probably not as there may not be any to back these claims.
Also it looks as if the statements are based on a year-old survey, so relate to pre-NHS Act.