Public Health England

Department of Health written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the implementation of the recommendations of the McNeil Review into cancer patient data at Public Health England (PHE), and what effect that implementation will have of PHE's adherence to NHS rules on consent.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The McNeil Review into Public Health England’s (PHE) data collection and data management functions considered whether, how and when these should be transferred to NHS Digital. It identified four tranches of data, based on the complexity of the processes involved in the collection and quality assurance of the data and recommended that cancer registration be considered within tranche three and only after the earlier tranches had been completed; this is expected to take at least three years. PHE and NHS Digital are currently scoping the work programme to implement the review’s recommendations. PHE will continue to process cancer data in line with current legal gateways and the National Health Service rules on consent, taking into account any changes that may arise with emerging legislative and policy frameworks.

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