Gerri Peev and Jack Doyle report:
A Downing Street official has demanded confidential details of millions of GP appointments.
Sparking yet another NHS privacy row, she has ordered the firm in charge of bookings at most English surgeries to hand over the sensitive data urgently.
The information includes the date, time and duration of appointments as well as the reason for the consultation.
Most of the postcode of the patient is also asked for, as well as their date of birth, according to a letter seen by the Daily Mail.
The information is intended to gauge demand for the Government’s planned seven-day NHS. But privacy campaigners say it is incredible that neither patients nor their GPs have been consulted about the move.
Read more on The Daily Mail.