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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish his Department's contractual guidance on the (a) access to and (b) use of data collected by private companies that have contracts with the NHS.

Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department has spent on accessing data from (a) health authorities and (b) private sector companies that have (i) independently gathered information and data and (ii) gathered information through contracts with the NHS in each of the last three years.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

In responding to these questions the following distinction is drawn:

- Private providers who bid for and win contracts to provide National Health Service funded health care; and

- Private providers who provide non-NHS funded health care to private patients, funded by the individual or their private health insurer.

Private companies that are awarded contracts to provide NHS services are bound by the same obligations as public providers of NHS care regarding the provision of data for secondary uses. Where a national data collection is established, all contracted providers, whether privately or publicly owned, are required to respond in accordance with the collection guidance issued for that individual collection. The NHS Standard Contract Service terms and conditions require all contracted providers to meet obligations to provide data.

Collections from private providers of NHS health care are not separately addressed, funded or accounted for. There is a specific obligation on all providers whether publicly or privately owned, to comply with data submissions required from NHS Digital. As there is no separation of approach NHS Digital cannot determine how much is spent on accessing data collected from private providers of NHS contracts.

For data collected by private health providers during non-NHS funded care episodes (i.e. privately funded by the individual or funded via private health insurance), NHS Digital do not gather any data currently. Work is under way with the Private Health Information Network to consider this.

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