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NHS England care.data tweet 'incorrect', advisers claim

Independent advisers have claimed that senior staff at NHS England have issued information on the social networking site Twitter about their flagship data-sharing scheme that was not ‘factually correct’.

The claim comes in minutes from the GPES Independent Advisory Group (IAG) which cited a tweet send by NHS England’s chief data officer, Geraint Lewis that said an information governance assessment written by the IAG had ‘no official status’.

But the claim was rebutted by NHS England, which said the report was produced by an ‘independent body’.

The minutes state: ‘Concerns were raised about the way that some NHS England staff were discussing care.data on Twitter, as some tweets sent by senior figures were not felt to be factually correct.’

‘In particular the IAG discussed a tweet which had described the information governance assessment for the care.data addendum as having “no official status”, despite this document having been published by Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) following formal sign off by a HSCIC Executive Director.’

But a spokesperson for NHS England said: ‘The tweet referenced is not incorrect. What Geraint meant by his tweet was that it was an IAG document and that the IAG is an independent body.’

 

Readers' comments (5)

  • The IAG meeting minutes indicate that HSCIC are planning a new extraction to identify all those who have opted out of care.data extractions - I would have thought this might be worthy of more publicity. Presumably those who have opted out wish to have their identity and information opted out of other HSCIC extractions?

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  • Whilst it would indeed be news for anyone from NHS England to issue information that is ‘factually correct’ shouldn't it read 'incorrect'?

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  • That mistake has been corrected.

  • Why are grown men/woman tweeting this stuff anyway. Grow up and get a (useful) life.

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  • Looking at those IAG minutes, I am more interested in what they say about QOF and whether QOF helps reduce or increase in-equalities, which is a discussion we've had in our CCG.

    So I've heard it said that GPs can be tempted to focus on the low-hanging fruit to hit QOF targets, and not waste time/effort trying to hit QoF points for harder-to-reach patients, perhaps the more chaotic ones living in deprived areas.

    Wouldn't it be great if a QOF point payment was adjusted up for a patient from a deprived area and down for a patient living in a well-off area..

    What do you think?

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  • "The IAG meeting minutes indicate that HSCIC are planning a new extraction to identify all those who have opted out of care.data extractions - I would have thought this might be worthy of more publicity. Presumably those who have opted out wish to have their identity and information opted out of other HSCIC extractions?"

    If you opt out of Level 1 and Level 2, I assume that your NHS number and practice ID must still be extracted from your practice system and uploaded so that you can be matched with other data (e.g.: HES) to stop all such existing data being shared outside of the HSCIC.

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