Do not give your medical details to the British State

Sean Gabb

I have just sent this letter to my general practitioner. If enough people do this, the NHS database will be made pretty useless as a tool for social engineering. I recommend all to do the same.

Dear Dr xxx,

 Exercising right to opt out 

As you are probably aware, the Government is intending to ask you to transfer the electronic medical records of your patients onto a national database called the “spine”. They intend you to do this without first seeking the consent of your patients. It is BMA policy that patients should give their individual consent prior to their information being transferred on to the national database.


There are substantial concerns about the privacy and confidentiality of information transferred onto the national database, not least because promised software security safeguards called “sealed envelopes” will not be in place and because the patient’s instructions with regard to who may access the records can be overridden. I do not believe that such a large database, with so many staff users, can be regarded as secure.


I shall be grateful if you would ensure that none of the records held by you on Sean, Andrea or Philippa Gabb are entered onto the national system. Would you please also file or scan a copy of this letter in my records and also record my dissent by entering the “Read code” — ‘93C3—Refused consent for upload to national shared electronic record.’ into our computer records. We are aware of the implications of this request and will notify you should we change our minds.


This request is itself confidential. Please do not divulge our decision, in an identifiable manner, to anyone other than to clinicians who are providing care to us and who might otherwise place information about us on the national care records service.


Further information for GPs is available online at  for GPs.


Yours sincerely,

 Here is the article that prompted me to do this:


  1. Sean:

    I hate to be the one who tells you this, but your efforts are completely futile.

    This, from “The Dictionary of Espionage: Spookspeak into English” publ. Stein & Day, New York, [1986], a reliable source and a fascinating guide. From page 133:


    A super-secret branch of MI6, the British intelligence service, which “persuades” professionals such as attorneys, physicians, and accountants to pass along information concerning national security that they obtain from clients. P.4’s very existence violates ethical standards of the relevant professional societies; thus it is an unacknowledged activity. CIA briefly considered such a section in the late 1950s, but rejected it on ethical grounds. The British felt no such constraint.”

    If there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that MI6 will not be the only outfit which wanted one of these. MI5 could never resist the temptation.

    The Secret State has one simple method:

    It goes wherever the secrets are.

    When MI5 upgraded their computers, they chose Electronic Data Systems equipment. There is no simple means of knowing what arcane technologies were and are built into such equipment. (You may remember that Britain sold Enigma machines to its trusting Commonwealth partners, long after we knew how to break the encryption).

    There is just one outfit that could say:

    The National Security Agency, based at Fort George Meade in Maryland, USA. They have a budget of $30 billion a year; 100,000 of the world’s most brilliant cryptologists, electronics designers and engineers; satellites; ground stations; aircraft; submarines; etc. etc.

    Nearly every major breakthrough in electronics and computing has come from NSA, which is widely thought to be five to ten years ahead of anything known to be ‘state-of-the-art.’

    But – as the joke has it – “NSA” stands for “Never Say Anything.” >:-}


  2. Tony, If the govt already had his records why would they be tryng to get GP’s to submit it?

    If they did have a pre-existing database (or “Qaeda” as it’s known as these days) then it’ll be a very patchy one.

    I agree with Sean. Don’t let them take ANY details from you and put them on Al Qaeda.

  3. lwtc247 (Hey, give us a name! >:-} )

    This is the problem: the great majority of intelligence collected goes unanalysed — there’s just too much of it. NSA are the world’s largest consumers of magnetic tape. For P.4 to access Sean’s records, they have to find out who his doctor is: the doctor is either an existing informant; or a suitably appealing rationale has to be found to appeal to Sean’s doctor; or a means of pressuring the recalcitrant doctor must be found (or devised).

    Doctor Robert Lefever never had any problem finding out who my consultants were and approaching them for information about me: they used to tell me of his approaches. >:-}

    Indeed, how else could he have found my consultant the former Doctor I.E. Babiker, and written a “covering letter” to him asking him to forcibly commit me, on the grounds that I had written in my statement to the GMC that he (Lefever) had told me he had access to “secret information” (which could cover a multitude of sins) ; and that he was “afraid of me” (which was just the feeble prompting of whatever he uses for a conscience, trying to tell him he’d done something profoundly wrong… I’ve never wanted to harm him. Indeed, my medical records should show that I responded to concerns on this score by saying that if I had him in the cross-hairs of a ‘scope-sighted sniper rifle, I wouldn’t shoot him because (a) he has a family; and (b) I’d prefer to see him in a witness-box under oath.

    He’s also a human being, and I subscribe to the Jewish idea that every time a person dies, a Universe dies with them. Lefever has a rich and interesting Universe, as well as interesting problems.

    ———— * * * * * ————

    It speed things up no end if the spooks can instantly know who Sean’s doctor is, and it’s even better if his medical records are online.

    Best of all, if those “with something to hide” can be routinely gathered in by searching on a personal record list identified by ‘93C3—Refused consent for upload to national shared electronic record.’ OBVIOUSLY these people have dark secrets. Wicked! Besides, violating peoples’ privacy is fun for some people: the data-processing equivalent of anal rape, say…



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