Medical Records: Data Protection

Department of Health written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of delaying the roll-out of the national data opt-out programme from March 2018 to May 2018 to coincide with General Data Protection Regulations, to improve patient roll-in figures.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We are actively considering the opportunities presented by aligning roll out of the national data opt-out with implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enabling patients and the system to derive maximum benefit from these complementary measures, designed to enable use of data in a safe, secure and legal way.

Effective communication for both public and professionals will be critical to successful implementation of both GDPR and the national opt-out.

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