NHS England to forge ahead with ‘unchanged’ care.data plans

Graeme Burton reports on the Computing website that the NHS is to go ahead with the care.data medical records data upload which has been on hold for the past six months due to concerns from privacy campaigners and GPs.

NHS England is now planning pilot schemes in six areas across the country covering up to 265 surgeries and 1.7 million patients. The areas include Hampshire, Blackburn and Darwen in Lancashire, Leeds and Somerset, with the full scheme being rolled out shortly after.

However, campaigners remain concerned that the method of data anonymisation is not robust will not protect patients from identification.