*Contacting us:* Call or email the office – 020-7793-4005 or (firstname.lastname@example.org).
+ PROTECT MEDICAL CONFIDENTIALITY NOW +
Some of you will remember the fight to provide patients with rights over the NHS Summary Care Records back in 2006-7. Though the vast majority of GPs and the public opposed the uploading of patients’ information without explicit consent, the Department of Health pushed on regardless, uploading the details of anyone* who failed to respond to a single letter.
Now the Department is bribing health authorities across the UK to do a massive mailshot to patients. Fail to respond to a single letter and your personal details – including sensitive medical information, such as your last 6 months’ prescriptions – will be permanently uploaded to the NHS spine.
We’d like to know when and where these mailshots are going, as we suspect that the Department of Health is still trying to pull a fast one. If you receive one of the mailshots, which should contain a leaflet entitled ‘Changes to your health records’, and it DOESN’T contain a copy of the opt out form then please get in touch with us via email@example.com
Latest info indicates that mailshots could already be going out to parts of London and the East of England, with health authorities in the North West, North East, and Yorkshire and Humber to follow in coming weeks. It would be helpful if you could indicate the region in which you live when you contact the office. — *Anyone, that is, who had not already got their GP to put a ‘stop code’ on their medical record using the NHS Confidentiality Campaign’s opt out letter – which you can still send, if you haven’t done so already: www.nhsconfidentiality.org/optoutletter
What just happened?
+ Thanks to North West volunteers +
We would like to thank all those who have volunteered to date to help with distributing our new ‘Don’t be a Guinea Pig’ leaflets across the North West. If you would like to assist with this we have plenty to give out. Just email James our North of England coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org
+ Governments want young people as next ID Guinea Pigs +
This week it was announced that young people in London can enrol in the National Identity Scheme from 8th February. The sales pitch is that it offers a “convenient” form of proof of age. The choice before the young people of London is: you can spend £10 on a proof-of-age card from an independent charity with no other commitment; or you can pay £30 now, be fingerprinted, and agree to account for your personal details to the Home Office for the rest of your life. Tricky decision.
+ ID cards commencement order includes internet Guinea Pigs +
The commencement order signed by the ID Minister Meg Hillier this week to foist ID cards on young people in London also expands the ID card con into cyberspace. The order states that from 8th February, any British citizens (holding a passport on or after 1st January 2009) who has signed up for the Identity Cards newsletter at ‘The Early Interest Website’ by 30th June 2010 can also apply to be enrolled as an ID card guinea pig. In November Hillier revealed that “2,445 people from the Greater Manchester area have expressed an interest in continuing to be updated about the National Identity Service via the Early Interest Website” and last week it was revealed that “over 1,300 people who live in Greater Manchester, have applied and attended an enrolment appointment for an identity card”. That’s a conversion rate of a little over 50%. See www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2010/uksi_20100126_en_1
+ Ministerial ID card bragging +
The take up of ID cards may be slow with the general public but Home Office ministers are all carded up (voluntarily of course). A recent Freedom of Information request to the Home Office asked if ID card minister Meg Hillier was required to pay for her card and if so how much and whether she was claiming it on expenses. The response states: “I can confirm that Meg Hillier paid £30 for her Identity Card and will not be claiming for it.” Home Office minister Lord West of Spithead this week told peers: “I have one myself, and it is actually quite useful, I have to say”, whilst Home Secretary Alan Johnson offered to get his out in the House of Commons on 14th December in response to a parliamentary question when he said: “I have one myself – in case nobody in here knows who I am – which I can show the right hon. Gentleman afterwards”. The government says that 3,500 people now have an ID card – one question is, how many of those are Labour ministers or MPs?
+ Mapeley ID Interrogation Centres too expensive +
Back in 2006 the ID enrolment plan was to create 69 interrogation centres around the country and the contact to supply offices was won by Mapeley (the property company that bought the offices of the Inland Revenue in a controversial outsourcing deal) [See Newsletter 41]. It has now emerged that the use of Mapely Accommodation has been rejected on the grounds of cost. Describing the interrogation centre deal, under ‘Key achievements’ Mapeley’s corporate brochure says only: “Cost certainty in a moving market”.
+ Birmingham council votes against ID scheme +
Earlier this month Birmingham city council reaffirmed its resistance to the ID cards scheme by passing a motion against the scheme and the database state. The motion stated: “The implementation of the NHS computer system has cost billions and resulted in the reduction of frontline services as maternity and A&E departments are closed across the country”. For more details see:
** *+ Call for North West Volunteers +*
*+ POWER2010 public vote +*
*+ Have your say – National Identity Service Public Panels +*
“ID” in the news
*+ Biometric enrolment incurs £8 fee at Post Office – ZDNet 28/1/10 +*
*+ Entire UK will be on ID database sometime in next 3 millennia – The Register 26/1/10 +*
*+ National ID cards available to London youth – Public Technology 25/1/10 +*
*+ ID cards: Should Britain stop protesting and embrace the inevitable? – silicon.com 21/1/10 +*
*+ Manchester ID staff suffer isolation as new dawn fades – The Register 21/1/10 +*
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter – Editor(email@example.com) )
*+ LOCAL GROUPS NEWS + *
To see if there’s a group in your area check our list at www.no2id.net/localgroups/ Or, if you’re interested in starting a group yourself, please contact Matty on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what’s involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.
_*+ Birmingham +*_
*+ 30th January – Birmingham NO2ID Street Stall +*
_*+ Cambridge +*_
*+ 3rd February – Cambridge NO2ID Pub Meeting + *
*+ 6th February – Cambridge NO2ID Street Stall +*
For more details email email@example.com or call 07710 469624.
_*+ Camden and Islington +*_
*+ 2nd February – Camden and Islington NO2ID Meeting (first Tuesday of month) +*
_**__*+ Canterbury +*_
To stay up to date join the Canterbury NO2ID mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.canterbury
*_+ Coventry +_*
*+ 18th February – Coventry NO2ID Meeting + *
*+ 20th February – Coventry NO2ID Street Stall +*
_*+ Dorking +*_
*+ 2nd February – Dorking NO2ID Monthly Meeting (first Tuesday of month) +*
If you would like to help or get involved, email Geoff Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to our monthly get-togethers.
_*+ Dover +*_*
*To stay up to date with Dover NO2ID join our mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.dover
_**__*+ Edinburgh + *_***** ****+
Saturdays 1pm – 3pm – NO2ID Edinburgh Street Stall +*
_**_ _*+ Exeter +*_
** _*+ Hull +*_
*New Co-ordinator for Hull NO2ID*
*+ 30th January – Hull NO2ID Meeting and Street Stall +*
If you are interested in the work of this group, or planning on attending the meeting, please join the Hull mailing group here: www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.hull
_**__*+ Ipswich +*_* *
If you are interested in the work of the Ipswich group, please join their mailing list on: www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.ipswich
_*+ Lancaster +*_
If you are interested in the work of this group, or planning on attending the meeting, please join the Lancaster mailing group at www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.lancaster
_*+ Leeds +*_
*+ 31st January – Leeds NO2ID Brainstorming Meeting +*
_*+ Liverpool +*_
If you are interested in the work of this group, or planning on attending the meeting, please join the Liverpool mailing group at no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.liverpool
_*+ Manchester +*_ _* *_*+ 10th February – Manchester NO2ID Meeting +*
*+ 13th February – Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
_*+ Newcastle +*_
*+ 9th February – Newcastle NO2ID Meeting +*
**_*+ Norwich +*_ * **+ 13th February – Norwich NO2ID Street Stall +*
*+ 15th February – Norwich NO2ID Meeting +*
If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on: www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.norwich
_*+ Oxford +*_
*+ 4th February – Oxford NO2ID Meeting +*
*+ 6th February – Oxford NO2ID Street Stall +*
See the website for more info: no2id-oxford.org.uk/
_*+ Portsmouth +*_
Join the Portsmouth mailing list at lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.portsmouth/
_*+ Reading +*_* *
*+ 3rd February – Southampton NO2ID +*
_*+ Watford +*_* *
Please contact Colin Simmons on email@example.com if you are interested in giving a couple of hours a month to join us.
_*+ York +*_ * New **Co-ordinator for** York NO2ID*
Ross Bennett has now taken on the role of York coordinator – he can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07870 529 299.
If you are interested in the work of this group please join the York mailing group here: www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.york
Publication details: © NO2ID 2010 – This document may be freely redistributed in one-to-one communications or physical copies as long as it is reproduced in its entirety including this notice. It may not be mass-mailed without the prior permission of NO2ID.
NO2ID, Box 412, 19-21 Crawford Street, LONDON W1H 1PJ