NHS: Medical Records

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st June 2022.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the review by Professor Ben Goldacre entitled Better, broader, safer: using health data for research and analysis, published in April 2022, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of creating a single national data controller for all NHS records.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The review recommended that “a national organisation could become Data Controller for a copy of all NHS patients’ records, to be held only ever in a secure national TRE, where it can be worked on for the purposes of service improvement, academic research, and foundational work into data curation and harmonisation”.

On 13 June 2022, we published ‘Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data’, which states that we will progress the recommendations relevant to the strategy. The review’s recommendations are being considered with relevant experts and stakeholders.

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