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Information governance: Requirements for sharing patient data

Guidance taken from NHS England’s letter to GPs on preparedness, dated 27 March 

Information governance during Covid-19

A letter from NHS England, sent on 27 March, said - 

The secretary of state for health and social care has issued a legal notice to ask that all healthcare organisations, including GP practices, process and share confidential patient information in line with the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI) to help the Covid-19 response.

To ensure staff can focus on the response, NHSX and NHS Digital have also made the decision to extend the compliance deadline for the national data opt-out and the final date for submission of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit to 30 September 2020. For information governance information and queries, see here.

Source: NHS England, Preparedness update letter for general practice: 27 March 2020 [published 27 March]


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