We have recently been informed that the NHS plans to extract anonymised data from all GP records nationwide. This data is to be used by third parties for research purposes and the government has decided that the data will be extracted by default unless patients fill in an opt out form.
Here is a link to the official NHS website for further information.
Here is a link to the opt out form Type 1 opt-out form. A signed copy of this should be handed back to the practice in paper format or electronically.
If you would like to read further into this here is a joint statement from the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of GP’s (RCGP).