Medical Records: Data Protection

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Lord Trefgarne Lord Trefgarne Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the present arrangements for the protection of patients' private medical information by general practitioners.

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

General practitioner (GP) practices are individually responsible for ensuring that they comply with legal and ethical requirements and central guidance in relation to data protection and patient confidentiality. A majority of GP practices in England provide assurance that they do so by completing annual assessments of their compliance against information governance requirements through the National Health Service Information Governance Toolkit, and the results of these assessments are publicly available.

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