Click here for full story NHS already handing out private data on thousands of patients: Details given to universities, hospitals and watchdogs without checking for consent.
- From March the NHS will begin taking personal information from patients' GP records to pass on to researchers and private firms
- There are fears the information could fall into the hands of hackers
- Critics also claim information could be used to push up insurance premiums
- But it has emerged the NHS is already handing out patients' personal data