The Scottish Government and National Records of Scotland (NRS) are proposing amendments to the National Health Service Central Register (NHSCR) (Scotland) Regulations 2006; an electronic database of everyone in Scotland registered with a GP, containing the names and addresses of around one third of the Scottish population. The proposals would allow the Register to hold extra postcode data, and for some data to be shared with around 120 other, publicly owned bodies. Amendments would also expand the creation and implementation of a Unique Citizen Reference Number (UCRN).
This is eerily similar to Labour’s scrapped 2006 Identity Cards Act, which the SNP had opposed. It’s quite probable that this latest revival is not malicious, but rather just misguided. It’s up to us to let the Scottish Government know they’re making a mistake.