Category Archives: Events Advisory Group Open Meeting, 26 November, Central Manchester

Date: 26 November 2014, 18:00 to 20:00

Location: Central Manchester location TBC

The Chair of the Advisory Group, Ciarán Devane, invites you to participate in their third public discussion about the work they are developing to inform and assure the programme known as ‘’.

Phil Booth from medConfidential will be attending, and the session will examine some of the proposed responses from NHS England to issues raised by staff, patients and members of the public.

Click here for more information and/or to reserve a place.

RCGP Annual Conference in Liverpool, 4 October 2014 – Big Brother watching us?

An expert panel give their views on data and its use, followed by discussion.

Date: 9:30am, Saturday 4th October 2014
Location: Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP


  • Prof Nigel Mathers, Honorary Secretary, RCGP


  • Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information, NHS England
  • Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair, GPC
  • Phil Booth, Coordinator, medConfidential

More details and full conference programme

EMIS National User Group annual conference, 26 September 2014

EMIS NUG Keynote speech consensual, safe and transparent?

Date: 10:00am, Friday 26th September 2014
Location: Main Theatre, East Midland Conference Centre, Nottingham

It’s been over 6 months since NHS England pressed “pause” on, following public and professional outcry. What has changed? How have the scheme and bodies involved addressed the concerns of GPs, patients and providers. And is it enough?

More information and conference registration public debate in Oxford, 10 September 2014

Co-hosted by Oxford Health Experiences Institute and Healthwatch Oxfordshire

Date:  5.30pm, Wednesday 10 September 2014

Location: Lecture Theatre 2, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG

This event, co-hosted by the Oxford Health Experiences Institute and Healthwatch Oxfordshire, aims to explore the issues associated with sharing health information and the programme.

The debate is being chaired by Dame Fiona Caldicott from Oxford University Hospitals Trust. The panel comprises John Appleby, Chief Economist from the Kings Fund, Phil Booth from medConfidential and John Carvel, the health and social care journalist.

Click here for more details or to book a place

ODI Lunchtime Lecture, “Why selling people’s medical/tax/school records isn’t open data” – Friday 6/6/14,13:00-13:50

Open Data Institute Friday lunchtime lecture:

Why selling people’s medical/tax/school records isn’t open data

Friday 6 June 2014, 1:00pm – 1:50pm

Venue: Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE [map]

The programme in the NHS came off the rails, despite – or possibly because – officials tried presenting it as an ‘open data’ initiative. It isn’t. But this conflation of ‘data sharing’ with open data is far from unique; from the National Pupil Database to your tax records and Cabinet Office’s resurrection of plans for mass sharing of citizen data that last surfaced in an obscure clause in the 2009 Coroners and Justice Bill, the government has designs on your data.

More information and to book your place

Public meeting in St Albans, “ – transfer of GP medical records” – Wednesday 28/5/14 from 19:00

Public Meeting:

‘ – Transfer of GP Medical Records
Understand the Benefits – and the Risks’

Organised by St Albans & Harpenden Patient Group (SAPG)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The public meeting will be held at 19:00 at the
Council Chamber, St Albans District Council
Civic Close, St. Peter’s Street, St. Albans AL1 3JE [map]


Dr Ros Taylor MBE speaking in favour
Phil Booth speaking against 

Public meeting in Lancaster, Monday 28/4/14, 18:15 – 20:45

*UPDATE* Read a write-up of the meeting on the Living Data Research Group website.

Many thanks to Richard Tutton, Mairi Levitt and Garrath Williams at the Department of Sociology and Centre for Science Studies for organising the event, and to Maggie Mort for chairing such a lively public discussion.

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VENUE: Banquesting Room, Lancaster Town Hall, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1PJ [Map]

DATE & TIME: Monday, April 28, 2014 from 6:15 PM to 8:45 PM

SPEAKERS: Dr David Wrigley, GP based in Carnforth; Phil Booth, medConfidential, Dr Garrath Williams, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University, others tbc.

The event is free to attend but the organisers ask you to please register at: (tickets closed) conference at QMUL, Saturday 5th April 2014

*UPDATE* Read the Conference statement, published 8th April 2014

Many thanks to Richard Horton and Allyson Pollock for organising the conference, and to everyone who made such useful contributions on the day.

Conference co-organised by Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet and Prof Allyson Pollock, QMUL

Date: Saturday 5th April 2014, 09:30 – 12:45

Venue: Clark-Kennedy Lecture Theater, QMUL Whitechapel Campus, London E1 2AD (Map)


Programme for meeting – Saturday 5th April 2014
ChairpersonRichard Horton, Editor of The Lancet

Time Action
9.30am Coffee
10.00am What are the governance concerns : brief review of HSCIC, CAG and GP data controllers and CSUs – Phil Booth, medConfidential (slides); Ron Singer, GP & MPU
10.10am Concerns about what is happening to public health data: cuts to ONS data collection – Prof Alison McFarlane
10.20am The Faculty of Public Health’s position – Dr John Middleton
10.30am How robust are the current legal protections: DPA and exceptions to patient confidentiality – Peter Roderick
10.40am The Scottish position regarding data sharing – Dr Janet Murray (ISD Scotland)
10.50am                                Discussion and contributions from the floor
11.20am The government’s proposed amendment – Lord David Owen
11.30am Proposals for new legislation – Peter Roderick
11.40 – 12.45pm Proposal for Action: discussion led by Lord David Owen and Peter Roderick

Public meeting in London, 7:30pm, 17/3/14: Threats to your medical confidentiality

Hosted by ORG London – meetup page

WHEN: Monday, March 17, 2014 from 7:30pm

WHERE: The Open Data Institute, 3rd Flood, 65 Clifton St, London

SPEAKER: Phil Booth, coordinator of medConfidential­ and former National Coordinator of NO2ID will be giving month’s talk on

Significant changes to how your medical data is handled are happening now. Medical data that was previously under the control of your GP is going to be uploaded to a central database at the Health and Social Care Information Centre, from where it will be shared with companies and organisations inside and outside the NHS for a range of purposes, none of which are to with your direct medical care.

Phil will be explaining more about what’s happening and how you can opt out of the changes. Talk starts at 7.30pm

Public meeting in Brighton, 6:30pm, 17/2/14: Threats to your medical confidentiality

Techno-activism 3rd Mondays

Hosted by ORG Brighton – Meetup page

TA3M are monthly meetups that happen simultaneously in cities throughout the world. It brings together a diversity of people interested in surveillance, censorship and open technology.

Format: Short talks followed by discussion, drinks and networking

WHEN: Monday, February 17, 2014 from 6:30pm

WHERE: Emporium Brighton, 88 London Road, Brighton BN1 4JF (map)


Phil Booth, medConfidential – Threats to your medical confidentiality:

Significant changes to how your medical data is handled are happening now. Medical data that was previously under the control of your GP is going to be uploaded to a central database at the Health and Social Care Information Centre, from where it will be shared with companies and organisations inside and outside the NHS for a range of purposes none of which are to with your direct medical care.

Double Blink, theatre against surveillence