Patient Data – Care.data extraction from GP Surgeries
You may have become aware of a Government initiative to extract data from patient records for the purposes of health service planning. The practice has received numerous enquiries and the main points have been summarised for your perusal:
GPs are legally required, under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to disclose data to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) for the purposes of their care.data programme unless an individual patient has objected.
This means, as a practice, we do not have a choice.
Practices have an obligation to raise awareness in patients so you understand these changes and that you, the patient, has an opportunity to object and how to do so (please see below).
Extraction will commence in Spring 2014.
NHS England and HSCIC will be sending leaflets to every household in England in late January. Patients may also obtain further information on the NHS Choices website where they will find a lead article with signposting to further information. Leaflets are available in our waiting areas.
-extracts data from all care settings to ensure commissioners and providers obtain a more complete and balanced picture of care being delivered to NHS patients to address variations in the quality, efficiency and equity of health service provision.
Opt-out of Summary Care Record does NOT opt patients out of Care.data
We are happy for you to contact us in person or by phone to register your Opt out. To avoid confussion we have a simple tick box form at reception. If you are going to write to us then please mark your correspondence clearly with the words ‘opt-out’. This will need to be received by the practice by the end of March 2014..
Any unidentifiable data will still be extracted from all records regardless of patient choice.