Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st September 2020.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 September 2020 to Question 76698 on Coronavirus: Screening, whom that data sharing contact is; or whether he meant to refer in that Answer to a data sharing contract.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The response to Question 76698 should have read ‘data sharing contract’, as follows. We have arranged for the record to be corrected.

Public Health England (PHE) routinely shares confidential patient information with Directors of Public Health to manage local infectious disease outbreaks. The sharing of record-level positive test results data, including postcodes, with local authorities is being managed by PHE under a data sharing contract to ensure that the data protection risks associated with this large-scale sharing of personal data are being managed appropriately.

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