Govt executes handbrake turn on My Health Record opt-out

Privacy issues still not fixed as millions of patients were about to be signed up without their consent

The deadline for opting out of the troubled My Health Record will be extended until 31 January after an 11th-hour U-turn by the federal Minister for Health.

Greg Hunt

Millions of Australians would have been automatically signed up to the $2 billion system if they had not opted out by tomorrow.

But despite concerns from doctors and patient advocacy groups over the freedom of police and government agencies to access clinical information without a court warrant, the promised legislation to deal with the privacy holes has still not been passed by the