I often wonder why government officials think your private information is their private information.
A news item that appeared on the UK Register website reveals that the NHS appears to be planning to share patient information with the social services, education and police. The controversy about patient privacy in the age of electronic health records is not new in the UK, and has been simmering over the past couple of years. Patients who are worried about their privacy can opt-out: I suspect many more will decide to now.
Give government the capability to gather information, and it will.