NHS Digital medical history database

May 2021

A plan by NHS Digital to pool medical records on to a central database and share them with third parties, raising privacy concerns. Doctors also warn the move could erode the relationship between them and patients.

NHS Digital had first announced the project on the NHS Digital website and given patients six weeks to opt-out. The opt-out period was subsequently extended for two months.

The UK government has said it will not write to individual patients informing them of the plan.