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Home Office is seeking new ways to obtain GP data on patients


They do this as they know the majority of people register with a doctor and so they will pick up people who are here illegally this way. So the only way to do this ethically is to make sure all people are aware their personal contact details will be made available to the police and immigration service if they register with a doctor. Unfortunately this will then deter people from registering. The only other way is to be deceitful and not inform people that we do this. Either way it puts us in a very difficult position. The fundamental principle of confidentiality should prevail and we cannot allow the state access to this information. As data controllers the GP can formally complain to the ICO that the Home Office is in breach of the law, regardless of any MoU, and taking data from a data controller without consent.

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21 Nov 2018

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