Medical Records: Databases

Health written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2014, Official Report, column 589W, on medical records: databases, whether there would be grounds to take legal action against a GP who releases less data than that requested by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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

Although a general practitioner (GP) who failed to provide information requested by the Health and Social Care Information Centre under its powers to obtain information would be breaking the law, there would be no grounds for taking legal action against that GP.

However, the GP would be in breach of contractual terms that require compliance with all legal requirements and NHS England would need to consider whether to take remedial action for breach of contract.

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