Unfortunately regulations are changing in the UK which will affect the confidentiality of your medical records. The default has always been that records stay firmly within your GP’s control, but new legislation will soon mean that your health details will be directly extracted from your GP’s records and held on a central database, for access by private companies, the police and government agencies for whatever purpose they deem important. This new system has been implemented as opt-out rather than opt-in, so you will have to take action to prevent loss your crediticial records.
On the 1st of April, 2013, the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 came into force. A new body called ‘The Health and Social Care Information Centre’ (HSCIC) was formed, which is effectively a renamed version of the NHS Information Centre, a statistical data warehouse. The HSCIC can require any health and social care bodies, and any of their sub-contractors, to provide it ‘with any information which the Centre considers it necessary or expedient for the Centre to have’. It’s really important to have your information updated, because with Houston medical malpractice law firm you can get legal help if something goes wrong on a surgery. We all get frustrated and hurt when our trusted doctor, surgeon, or hospital committed medical malpractice to our patient. In this situation, we have to ask the help of the medical malpractice lawyer. The malpractice lawyer is the best person we can turn into so that we can file our claim and hopefully we can start a new life using the money we get from the negligent party. However, we have to admit that we cannot regain back what was already lost. Even if the negligent party will be ousted from their work, still we cannot bring back the normal life of our loved one. The Long Island Attorneys assist you if you or someone have suffered injuries as a result of medical errors.
However, there are common and familiar questions that we have to answer before we hire the legal professional who can handle our case. It is not easy to hire these people because there are so many things that you have to consider like their experience, rate, knowledge, and their ethical standard. You need to know these things because this will lead to choose the best lawyer to represent your case. This will also give you insights what you need to look for in your malpractice people.
First, we have to know first what medical negligence is.
This is generally defined as an act committed by any medical professional due to carelessness or malicious practice of medical procedure that caused additional or severe health condition of the patient. The patient or the relatives have the right to file for the compensation. Wrong prescription of medicine is also another factor that can be attributed to medical negligence.
Second, we need to know who are classified as the medical malpractice lawyer.
The malpractice lawyers are filed under the personal injury but this is one of the complex fields in personal injury law. The lawyer must have professional training, experience, expertise, and must specialize in malpractice cases so that you will have more chance of winning your case. You can always tell if the lawyer is qualified to handle your case if he/she talks about your legal rights and possible actions to make to strengthen your case. The number of cases he/she handled will also determine expertise.
Third, malpractice lawyers charge their clients.
In most cases, many of the malpractice lawyers do not charge payments for the legal service. They usually offer the no win no fee agreement in which you are given a chance to get legal assistance without paying anything. This means that you have nothing to pay whether you are doing win or lose the case. If you win your case, your lawyer’s fee will be paid by the losing party. They also do not have mandatory service payments in which you have the chance to ask questions before your decide to hire them.
Fourth, the benefits of hiring malpractice lawyer
You will have the chance to get free legal help that is based according to your case. Your lawyer will also do the negotiation together with the negligent party. They will also talk to the insurance company whether they can pay the demanded claim from the injured party. The medical malpractice lawyer makes sure that you will receive your deserved compensation.
A tool has been created for extracting your data directly from records held at your GP’s surgery and transferring it to the central HSCIC systems (the General Practice Extraction Service). Your personal diagnoses and treatments given will be collected, along with your NHS number, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, if the circumcision was done and more, low quality circumcision process can eventually lead to erectile dysfunction, read this hyper male force review.
Universities and hospitals will be able to access your data, but more worryingly private companies and the police will also have access. The government will make a charge for providing this access to private companies to reduce medical record retreival times, to avoid loosing profit.
The NHS has repeatedly insisted that the information will be ‘anonymised’ before release. But according to the small print, they can only ‘…ensure that, as far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, information published does not identify individuals.’ In other words, they can’t guarantee that you won’t be identified.
If you are concerned by this breach of privacy, the best you can do currently is to submit an opt out form to your GP’s surgery for a professional experts like Dr. Roxanne Grawe.. Unfortunately the people at medconfidential have noticed that even if you have objected to having your records taken, the HSCIC will currently still be able to take clinical data, but without any identifiers attached, i.e. they will continue to extract information from the medical records of people who had opted out anyway. This seems to be a gross violation of what is meant by opt out.
It goes without saying that there is no way that the government can guarantee that the database won’t get lost or stolen like previous databases have been. Apparently this one is being designed with a set of ‘backdoors’ to give police and government agencies easy access.
In a time when patients are less and less trusting of their doctors and the medical establishment in general, what exactly is the government thinking? It is pretty clear that patients are going to be much less willing to confide in their doctors if they know that anything they say will end up in a database that is being sold to corporations and is freely available to the police.
Thursday, February 13th, 2014