Revealed: how drugs giants can access your health records

Sources allege that ‘anonymous’ data can be traced back to specific surgeries and individual patients. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian The Department of Health and Social Care has been selling the medical data of millions of NHS patients to American and other international drugs companies having misled the public into believing the information would be “anonymous”, according to leading experts in the field. Senior NHS figures have told the Observer that patient data compiled from GP surgeries and hospitals – and then sold for huge sums for research – can routinely be linked back to individual patients’…

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