This is not true. There are very strict rules about how the NHS can use your data or share it.
Health and care staff are only allowed to use your confidential patient information to help with your treatment and care. This is known as direct or individual care. For example when you visit your GP, they might look at your records for information about your health.
Your confidential patient information is never used for marketing or insurance, unless you specifically request this.
It may also be used to
- plan and improve health and care services
- research and develop cures for serious illnesses
If you do not want your data to be used in this way you can opt-out. There is no deadline or final date for when you can opt-out.
You can find out more information about what the NHS can and cannot share here: www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or by calling 0300 3035678.