Make it a part of the duty for the NHS to consult widely and publicly when selling the data sets for commercial use. I am, as a citizen, not aware of my data being sold to Dr Foster, but it sure enough has access to all my HES data on a named basis. That data was sold without my consent. I have no objections to my data being used, by commissioners to progress my care and pay for it. But I object strongly to it being sold without my permission.
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I might be being extremely naive, but why not let patients hold their own information digitally, eg. on a mobile platform or in 'the cloud'. They can then give permissions for those who need to see the information, those who need to use it etc on a prioritised basis. You would not then need huge IT infrastructure, or is it too simple??
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Anonymous 1.09. You are assuming that it is patients who cannot use the net or are phobic about its use. You might want to think about the doctors and nurses and their capability!
But the savings are already being siphoned off. The £20bn figure remains the same and has done for two years despite significant sums being taken off by the Treasury. So the idea of reinvestment into the NHS is illusory. And those that call for pay restraint seem not to be able to concede that in fact pay for ordinary people over the last 30 -40 years has hardly increased at all and debt has been the compensatory mechanism for households to off set the miserly attitudes of employers. The corrosive narrative of private wage restraint with extravagant public pay is only the latest a long line of bogey-men stories concocted by governments to divide and rule - to keep elites in place an well funded.
Oh dear. Why the continued obsession with GP referrals without actually ever stitching it together with emergency department attendances and the further down the chain, admissions. At present the financial framework is completely misaligned. If tariff could be adjusted such that higher price was payable for OP attendance/emergency attendance that did not result in a secondary intervention or admission, then maybe the CCGs would be forced to consider primary care clinical skills.