Medical Records: Databases

Health written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for deciding that (a) individuals may not opt out of having their demographic data placed on the Spine and (b) not having demographic data on the Spine will prevent individuals accessing NHS treatment; and whether he informed the Health Committee during their recent review of the NHS patient record that individuals would not be able to opt out of having their demographic details on the Spine.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 22 April 2008, Hansard , column 1990W. The relevant information in that answer reflects information provided in paragraphs 23 and 24 of the Department's written evidence to the Health Select Committee, published by the Committee on 25 April 2007.

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