Earlier this month, it was reported that the NHS had sold as many as a billion patient records to a marketing company, who work with some of the world’s largest drug firms.
The database which has been sold by the NHS includes details relating to the hospital admissions and operations; whilst the database also included the age, postcode district and medical condition of every patient who has been admitted to hospital in the last year.
Although the names and addresses of patients have been removed from the database, the selling of the information has been described as a “betrayal of patient trust”.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the government body responsible for the information has admitted there is a slight possibility that despite certain information being removed and strict safeguards being in place, patients could still be identified if the data was put together with other sources.
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