Yesterday I received a slightly scary looking letter from Lewisham NHS primary care trust. It asks whether I will be happy to allow my basic medical information (the “Summary Care Record”) to be uploaded into the Spine- the massive NHS IT project to centralise medical records.
I’m really not sure what to do about this. If any of you are doctors or work the medical profession, what are you advising people to do?
On the one hand, if I fall Ill somewhere in the UK, it would be useful for a doctor to be able to quickly get to my data. On the other hand, I’m very concerned that data can be easily re-sold to private companies in the future (who knows what could happen?) and I don’t want insurance companies to be able to sell my details between themselves.
Also my wife didn’t receive a letter, even though we’re both registered at the same surgery, and live at the same address…
I’m really in a quandry. Please advise!
UPDATE: Her letter came the next day. To opt out, you have to print this PDF form out, and return it to your GP’s surgery.