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


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.

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05 Sep 2013

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