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"Can public trust in health record sharing be regained?", Armstrong asks.
It would be much easier if we knew the data was held for health sector uses such as planning services, and for patient benefit only - as used to be the case.
The government has driven a coach and horses through this principle, with a memorandum of understanding between NHS Digital and the Home Office, in a way which it would put a doctor before a GMC service committee.
This will make it far harder for patients to trust that their information will not be (mis)used, to their disadvantage.