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GP leaders brand immigration officers' request for patient address 'appalling'

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Our healthcare system is funded out of taxation and organised by our government. Increasingly it’s treated as if it is just another government department, with all its employees, and the data it collects, government property to be fed into any other arm of the state that’s convenient. Regardless of the ins and outs of this particular issue, it’s a good example of the problems inherent in things like centralised medical notes, the NHS spine and any other of the number of government initiatives to centralise information and exert control for vague reasons of ‘efficiency’ and ‘for everyone’s benefit’ . The more involved any state becomes in its individual citizens lives the more individual freedom is eroded. Immigration officials have no business demanding information about people from Drs unless there is an immediate significant risk to someone. There will always be officials who overstep the mark, give someone a job as a government official wherever you are in the world and some of them will misuse their power. The UK is not different. As a good an argument for small government as many.

Posted date

12 Apr 2018

Posted time

5:26pm

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