NHS data plan raises privacy fears as MPs call for delay in providing health details to third parties
- Labour wants system that extracts patient data from doctor surgeries paused
- Junior shadow minister for primary care has called for a public consultation
- Alex Norris said patients need answers on which aspects of data will be available
Plans to allow an NHS system to extract patient data from doctors’ surgeries in England should be paused to address concerns around privacy, Labour says.
The scheme will collect information on people’s treatments, referrals and appointments over the past ten years, alongside other data.
In a letter to NHS Digital, junior shadow minister for primary care Alex Norris has called for a public consultation and information campaign to allay fears of the public and medical experts over the scheme.
The scheme will collect information on people’s treatments, referrals and appointments over the past ten years, alongside other data
He said patients needed answers on which aspects of their data will be made available and which third-party organisations will have access to any sensitive health information.
The British Medical Association has said patients have until June 23 to decline having their coded health data given to NHS Digital under the scheme.
Daily ‘extracts’ of the coded data from practice systems to NHS Digital will begin from July 1, it said.
A Government spokesman said: ‘Patient data saves lives, and we could not have delivered the Covid-19 vaccine rollout if we had not used data.’
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