Patient Records

Health written question – answered on 25th October 2005.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust on sending confidential patient records to South Africa for processing.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

We are aware of reports that Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals National Health Service Trust currently employ a South African company to type up medical notes.

It is the responsibility of local NHS clinicians and managers to ensure the confidentiality of patient information in these, as in all other circumstances.

Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority has advised that the trust has followed guidelines published by the information commissioner and the European Union relating to the transfer of personal data outside the EU.

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