Wednesday, 4 February 2009

*Tell the Government: hands off your NHS records and DNA

Urgent action

The Government has included proposals to allow ministers to issue 'information-sharing orders' in the Coroners and Justice Bill. These proposals would allow medical records, genetic information and DNA collected in the NHS to be shared with any organisation or individual, including private companies, foreign governments and the police, without people's consent or knowledge.

The proposals would allow a national DNA database to be built by stealth in the NHS, with access later given to the police.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that "This Bill strips patients and doctors of any rights in relation to the control of sensitive health information".

GeneWatch recommends that you contact your MP urgently and ask them to oppose the data-sharing clauses in the Coroners and Justice Bill.

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