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Mark Allen

  • QOF payments thrown into chaos as NHS England apologises for major calculation error

    Mark Allen's comment 09 Apr 2014 5:37pm

    "The correction will take effect once the practice and area team have agreed and approved the achievement. "

    So we have to sign off on figures we know are incorrect and won't see the correct ones till later in the process. I thought computers were supposed to be good at doing a lot of sums quickly, the maths shouldn't be that complicated!

  • GPs told to warn patients of imminent extraction of data from GP records

    Mark Allen's comment 05 Sep 2013 2:16pm

    The instructions I have received state “Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, NHS England has the power to direct the HSCIC to collect information from all providers of NHS care, including general practices” and similarly “Under the powers of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA), the health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) can, under certain circumstances, require Personal Confidential Data (PCD) from GP practices without seeking patient consent”. Does this supersede the data Protection Act or more likely contradict it? Either way, the most galling thing is that these provisions give NHS England the right to “our” data which they can even sell to others but we retain the data protection responsibilities and cost of handling patients objections.

  • GPs face prosecution unless they inform patients their data could be used outside the NHS

    Mark Allen's comment 14 Aug 2013 4:47pm

    So someone decides to release patient data from GP systems (for which GPs are data controllers with legal responsibilities), someone else takes a fee from researchers et al for access and GPs are left with the responsibility of informing their patients and dealing with complaints ... and of course no recompense for the resources absorbed in doing that, not even a poster or set of leaflets.

    It's another case of more work in primary care but with the added insult that someone else is actually charging for this access!

  • GPs increasingly caught up in family disputes over children's medical records

    Mark Allen's comment 16 Jan 2013 1:20pm

    ... and Jeremy Hunt wants to give everyone, presumably including parents of children, on-line access to their records potentially revealing changed addresses of family members etc.