Mark Aitken reports in the Daily Record that civil liberties campaigners have condemned plans by the Scottish SNP Government to share NHS patients’ data with HM Revenue and Customs.
The plan to share NHS patient data would involve opening up the NHS electronic database of everyone born in Scotland and/or registered with a GP in Scotland to 120 public bodies, ranging from Quality Meat Scotland to the Forestry Commission, in addition to HMRC.
According to the Scottish Government, sharing the NHS data will help HMRC identify who would be liable to pay new Scottish income tax rates.
James Baker, Campaigns Manager for privacy campaign group NO2ID, said about the plans:
“If the Scottish Government wants to make this big change, it should make it a law so MSPs can debate it in Parliament. If it wants to create a surveillance society, it should do it by law rather than through a sneaky change in regulations.”