Department of Health: 'All your letters are belong to us' | Samizdata.net: "It is a reflexive tic among libertarian types to describe Britain's NHS as 'Stalinist', in reference to its vast monolithic structure and institutional preference for central state planning. Now some indications that the parallels run a little deeper.
The Department of Health's first reaction to the campaign for people to opt out of the 'Spine' medical records database, that I mentioned a couple of days ago, is not to attack it as 'irresponsible' as I was expecting. It is to demand that doctors report any patients who try to the authorities. 'Let us deal with them,' it appears to be saying."
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