I recently had cause to visit my GP (I don't go very often) and was greeted with a form/leaflet if I wished to opt out of the scheme. After reading the details I immediately opted out and brought more forms home for family to sign. I read all the relevant links on the net that were included in the form and have to admit, I am horrified in more ways than one and glad that the scheme has been delayed. Needless to say I passed this info on to family.
For saying we all 'apparently' had leaflets through the door earlier this year, everyone I have spoken to had not heard of this care-data programme. My sisters GP surgery were vague and have given her the wrong form to fill in and informed her that my GP surgery were wrong. My sister took mum to her doctors who appear to know nothing about it at all.
Whilst I can download or pick up a form from my GP surgery for mum to fill in and sign, it would appear that there is no other submission route other than the persons GP surgery so I feel yet another battle is to commence in trying to protect an elderly vulnerable person.
I cannot see any benefit in the confidential data being released and sold but I am open to views and opinions that maybe I have over looked?
Note: I am not a lawyer...just learnt a fair bit on that hideous road called litigation