Labour has been accused of using a Government database to target cancer victims with party political messages. Personalised cards were sent to 250,000 women saying that the Tories would scrap a Labour guarantee that all suspected breast cancer patients would be seen by a specialist within two weeks of GP referral.
Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, was under pressure from the Tories to investigate the mailings, although Labour said it was “categorically untrue” to suggest the party had targeted the patients.
The mailshots, which featured a message from a breast cancer survivor praising Labour’s policy, referred to the addressee’s name several times.The cards ask specifically: “Are the Tories a change you can afford? Many of those who received the cards had undergone scans or treatment within the past five years. In one instance a card was sent to a woman who had died of breast cancer. Another card was sent to a television producer who had a potentially cancerous lump that turned out to be a cyst.
via The Telegraph
John Hinderaker wonders: “Once your medical history is in a government database, and you are dependent on the government for any health care you receive, why would you think that the government wouldn’t manipulate the information it has about you to try to influence your vote?”