Health: Patient Records

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Independent Ulster Unionist

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the removal of patients’ names from their personal and confidential medical records while retaining their postcodes is considered to be an adequate guarantee of anonymity.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There are very strict rules about what information the Health and Social Care Information Centre can release to the National Health Service and to outside organisations.

Postcodes are not included in the release of anonymous data.

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