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NHS England requests data on GP appointments to support case for seven-day working

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The type of data NHS England was requesting would normally have gone through the HSCIC and - if it was proposed to extract it using GPES - should have been scrutinised by the GPES IAG (which wasn't abolished until 30th June 2015): I believe it should otherwise have been scrutinised by SCCI (which will, after some re-organisation, take on the scruting functions of the GPES IAG. The most worrying thing about this whole story is the apparent willingness of David Cameron and NHS England to ignore the normal pathways for requesting patient level data, and lack of information about whee it would be stored: HSCIC is the only statutory safe haven for health or social care data extracts authorised by the HSCA: neither NHS England nor no 10 are authorised to hold it. Should we be expecting other similar requests - with or without due process?

Posted date

22 Jul 2015

Posted time

4:04pm

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