NHS Patient records – Our annonymity

Are NHS patient records really anonymous?:

 The claim

FactFiction2 Are NHS patient records really anonymous?

Keep our NHS Public press release of 21st August states that “NHS England has announced that patient data held by GPs is to be sold for £1 per request to ‘approved companies’ who wish to buy it. Patient records are supposed to be anonymised, with each name + first line of address merely replaced with a unique identifier code. A list of the codes will be held separately. But it will not be hard for names and addresses to be restored; once a patient record is uploaded. Any teenager could do it.”

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