NHS Patient Data

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:16 pm on 25th March 2014.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington 4:16 pm, 25th March 2014

The Minister is arguing that the scheme is an extension of what happened before, but there is clearly a quantum difference. There is general agreement that it is a wonderful thing to have data sets for research and public health purposes. The difficulty that the public have, about which we need to restore confidence, is when that information is being used for marketisation—for marketing purposes—by commercial reusers. I am not reassured by the Minister’s comments, but he has an opportunity to correct the problem in the House of Lords.