Medical Records: Databases

Health written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discretion GPs will have not to make patients records automatically available to NHS schemes.

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

NHS England has directed the Health and Social Care Information Centre under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to extract data from general practitioner (GP) practices for the care data programme. However, identifiable data will not be extracted from GP records of patients who have objected to the sharing of this information.

On 18 February 2014, NHS England announced that they will collect data from GP surgeries in the autumn, instead of April, to allow more time to build public awareness of the benefits of using the information, what safeguards are in place, how people can opt out if they choose, and look into further measures that could be taken to build public confidence.

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