Medical Records: Data Protection

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have had their personal medical data shared despite registering to opt-out; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

By working with general practitioner (GP) IT system suppliers on numbers of objection codes, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has been able to make an initial estimate that around 700,000 patients have lodged an objection with their GP practice to HSCIC sharing their personal confidential data. However, this is an estimate and, as yet, no extraction of objection codes from GP practice IT systems has been undertaken.

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