This story in today’s Daily Mail concerning a U-turn on electronic patient records is another piece of spin from the government. For while patients will now be able to view and amend their electronic records they will only have a limited say in how their personal information is – or is not – shared with professionals across the NHS.Away from the all the weasel words the government is still on track to holding vast amounts of data on citizens and making it available to a host of government departments across Whitehall.

I don’t mind electronic patient records in the private sector – providing no one in government can access them. But I do mind such a scheme in the state sector.