Re: "must try harder"
This is a problem, and it came up a few times at a recent NHS Hack Day that I attended. But even if health systems were such that the drop-in centre and hospitals knew what your meds were, the situation were you to require social care is much worse. Completely different system run by local authorities, and often the providers (who will often be the ones actually administering the medication) are private companies to whom the work has been contracted out (at the lowest defensible rate). There is so much that can go wrong by the time they get their information.
But back to the point of the article: this arrogance (and one might guess the individual concerned) has cost much, much more than stopping a print run. But compared with that the arrogance of asserting that an organisation such as HSCIC (with a history of privacy and hacking cock-ups) would be able to keep control of the data is much worse. And that ignores the issues of the effectiveness of anonymising the data, which has been shown to be totally useless, particularly when someone has more than one condition.