NHS overriding 700,000 patient opt-outs 2


Alex Matthews-King reports in Pulse that the NHS is overriding 700,000 patient opt-outs to GP data being shared.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has said that 700,000 patients registered an objection to their identifiable information being passed from the HSCIC to a third-party before the aborted roll-out of care.data in March 2014.  However, it admitted that it doesn’t currently have the resources to deal with this volume of objections and thus it has not been possible to implement the patient opt-outs.

Dr Beth McCarron-Nash, who leads on care.data for the General Practitioners Committee, told Pulse:

‘Obviously, if there are technical difficulties that HSCIC are experiencing, they must be resolved, and it is their responsibility to make sure patients are protected. But basically it’s a mess.’