David Cameron is expected to announce plans for the NHS to be opened up to private healthcare firms to give patients faster access to new treatments.

However a part of this partnership would include sharing confidential patient data. This has incensed some groups who believe this is putting commercial interests above patient privacy.

The data would be made anonymous prior to being made available to private companies. This would exclude omitting postcodes and ages and so, it is argued would be traceable.

Patient Concern feel that the idea is good but the methods need addressing. As an organisation they believe that only through informed consent should data be shared.

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