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General Practitioners: Databases

Department of Health written question – answered on 28th March 2017.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Information Commissioner on the breach of the IT system SystmOne.

Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of medical records at risk of being unlawfully accessed through the SystmOne IT system managed by the company TPP.

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

The Information Commissioner published a statement regarding this matter on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website on 21 March. There is no evidence that records have been lost, mislaid or misused.

National Health Service organisations have been working closely with the ICO and the British Medical Association to support TPP to take appropriate mitigations to respond to the concerns raised. A number of measures are already being implemented and a full plan is expected to be in place by summer 2017.

This software is in use in around one third of general practitioner (GP) practices in England. However, not all GP practices or their patients will be affected.

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