Re: Note to El Reg
Even if you apply both opt-outs, "Your hospital, community, mental health, social care records" are sent to "NHS digital data linkage" and then "Dissemination of Anonymised & Pseudonymised linked information about you" occurs.
I don't know what the NHS digital data linkage is. As a working hospital doctor I can tell you it doesn't help me when a patient is seen at all 3 or the local hospitals for much the same thing. I don't always have practical access to consultations in my own hospital, because things don't join up properly yet. Despite nearly every PC now sprouting two screens.
Clearly there are huge potential benefits from running the complete NHS database through some AI. The NHS should expect to pay for the processing of the data, but the nation owns the data and should not let others profit from the outcomes without some returns to us.
This project should have been trumpeted as a significant contribution to health. The fact that it is more or less hidden makes me think it is not going to be used for the public good. Given the award of PPE contracts at inflated prices for useless kit to friends of the Tories and the cavalier approach of Johnson to the law and parliament ....