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Medical Records: Data Protection

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2016 to Question 63026 on medical records, for what reasons his Department did not undertake (a) an impact assessment or (b) a consultation on the Memorandum of Understanding between the Home Office, NHS Digital and his Department.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department considered the potential impact of the arrangements described in the Memorandum of Understanding, for requests to locate illegal migrants who have lost touch with the Home Office, with due regard to the public sector equality duty under section 149 of the Equality Act.

The Department did not consult publicly on the Memorandum of Understanding because it was developed as an internal governance assurance document for pre-existing processes between the Home Office, the Department and NHS Digital.

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