Medical Records: Databases

Health written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of hours of GPs' time that will be spent talking to patients about in 2014; what the total cost of such time will be; and what potential effect such time spent will have on patient waiting time.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

General practitioners (GPs), as data controllers, have legal responsibilities under the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 for ensuring that patients are aware of how their information is used and shared. This is not a new requirement and does not just relate to The leaflet is not just about but all uses of data for wider purposes. Making sure patients understand about how their information is used and the benefits it can bring is something we should all support.

The Information Commissioner’s view is that cost of compliance is an Information Governance overhead for a GP practice, in the same way that paying an accountant is a tax/finance overhead. We are supporting GP practices in a number of ways for example, there is a patient information line which patients can call if they have questions, which will ease the burden on GP practices.

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