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Stop Government Proposals to Open Up NHS Patient Data to Private Companies

Submitted on Monday 5th December 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

Petition Action

Stop Government Proposals to Open Up NHS Patient Data to Private Companies

Additional Information

We, the undersigned, believe that proposals to "open up" patient health and medical records to business, private health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, governments and others would be a breach of UK and international law.

If allowed to go ahead, this would enable such organisations and companies to prevent free movement, to discriminate in financial services, family life, and in employment.

They would be able to do this, because there are currently no safeguards in place that would enable the redaction, or anonymization of patient data, such as the postcode area in which they live that would ultimately allow them to be back-traced by such companies.

We believe that the potential for profiteering would result in exclusion and discrimination, which is far more important than any other issue.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

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