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Write to all NHS patients to get consent for the national data opt-out

Submitted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Rejected on Friday 11th June 2021

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

Petition Action

Write to all NHS patients to get consent for the national data opt-out

Petition Details

By June 23rd 2021 all NHS digital requires patients to opt-out of a process of medical record sharing for 'research and planning'. As an NHS patient I was not aware this is due to happen. I want patients to be fully informed about the consequences of how their data is about to be used.

Additional Information

A poorly publicised campaign was inadequate grounds for an opt-out process for sharing confidential patient data with third parties (NHS digital). Ethically the government has a duty to get valid consent from all patients before their data is shared with any third parties for 'research and planning' purposes. Patients not opting-out may be unaware that their unwittingly shared data could (despite careful use) identify them and/or be used, even if it is not sold, to make profit for companies.

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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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Stop plans for NHS Digital to share GP patient data with third parties

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