How to opt out
If you haven’t done so already, our advice continues to be to opt out now. The codes applied to your medical record are the only mechanism by which your information can be blocked from extraction. Our job now is simple: we have to make NHS England and the HSCIC make the codes work the way they should and do what millions of us have been told they would do.
As well as opting out, you may want to write to your MP about this.
While you are composing your thoughts, you might also want to watch this short film, ‘Keep My Secrets‘ that we think NHS England could learn from.
In January 2014, NHS England sent out a leaflet entitled Better information means better care (2MB PDF) via junk mail. It was not addressed directly to you as a patient and it deliberately didn’t include an opt-out form. The leaflet says you should “speak to your GP practice” if you want to opt out. This is misleading and could waste your time and potentially waste valuable GP appointments.
All you need do is write a letter or download a simple form (link below) instructing your doctor to opt you out, which you can fill in and post or drop into your surgery reception for their attention.
*UPDATED* Opt out letter (PDF)
*UPDATED* Opt out letter (MS Word)
*NEW* Opt out letter (Rich Text)