Pulse Weekly: A last-minute rethink on care.data
Pulse editor Steve Nowottny looks back at the care.data fiasco, plus the most important GP news this week
Must read articles:
- NHS England delays care.data scheme to ‘build understanding’ of benefits
- One in six GPs asked to refer a patient to a food bank in the past year
- Dilemma: Lending £10 to patient
- GPs to Be: Six months in general practice
- Copperfield: Showing no mercy
After weeks of mounting concern over care.data, NHS England yesterday hit the emergency brake. With just days to go until records were due to be uploaded from GP surgeries, the Government’s flagship data-sharing initiative has been put on hold.
As Pulse’s editorial recently argued, there are real concerns over NHS England’s mandate for sharing records without explicit consent, and it is patients’ awareness of the scheme – or lack thereof – which appears to have been the deciding factor.
A BBC poll over the weekend found that two thirds of the public did not recall receiving a care.data information leaflet, and the apparent lack of understanding about the scheme prompted first the RCGP and then the BMA to raise objections – even though both organisations had until very recently been on board.
Read our in-depth analysis explaining exactly how the scheme will work here, plus a blog from senior reporter Jaimie Kaffash arguing that the narrative of the care.data fiasco feels strangely familiar. You can also find out the very latest on what’s happening to Dr Gordon Gancz – the Oxford GP whose decision to opt out all of his patients and subsequently speak out on the front page of the Daily Mail no doubt contributed to the last-minute rethink.
RCGP chair Professor Clare Gerada on further requests for food bank referrals
Other key stories this week include the threat of penalties for GPs who don’t use Choose and Book, an MPIG-reliant practice facing a 25% funding drop and a survey finding that one in six GPs has been asked to refer a patient to a food bank in the past year.
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