Concerns remain as DoH allows patients to remove data from care records

Patients in England will be able to request the removal of any part of their data on the national care record database, the DoH says.

They will also be able to ‘opt out of sharing’ the record across the NHS, it says.

The move represents a softening of the DoH stance on patients’ control over their records, but does not appear to allow patients to fully prevent their data appearing on the national database.

Health minister Lord Warner said earlier this month that patients who wanted to opt out of the record system would have to send to the DoH details of why their inclusion would cause them substantial and unwarranted distress.

He rejected attempts to opt out by a number of patients who he said had not demonstrated this adequately.

But under plans announced this week, GPs are not required to broach the subject with patients, although patients will be given a ‘defined and realistic’ period of time to review and change summary records before they are shared on the national database.

In pilots due to start in spring next year, patients who fail to check their records within the allotted time will be assumed to consent to their inclusion. They will also be able to ‘opt out of sharing, should they wish to’.

GPC negotiator Dr Richard Vautrey said this did not address some ‘chief concerns’.

‘For us to support this, the patient has to have a full right for none of their record to be uploaded at all,’ he said.

The time period to allow people to check records would have to be at least six months to a year, he added.

The DoH proposals came in response to the findings of a care records taskforce led by DoH director for Patients, Harry Cayton.

The taskforce agreed that patient records should not contain sensitive information until technology to allow it to be ‘sealed off’ by patients is available.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

First COVID-19 jabs to target care home residents and staff under new JCVI advice

First COVID-19 jabs to target care home residents and staff under new JCVI advice

Older adults living in care homes and staff working there will be first to receive...

GPs unable to veto virtual fitness to practise hearings during pandemic

GPs unable to veto virtual fitness to practise hearings during pandemic

GPs facing fitness to practise investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic will be...

Government rejects major NHSPS overhaul - but changes 'could ease GP service charge disputes'

Government rejects major NHSPS overhaul - but changes 'could ease GP service charge disputes'

A government review has rejected calls for a major overhaul of an NHS Property Services...

RCGP urges GPs to collaborate with pharmacies on flu jabs this year

RCGP urges GPs to collaborate with pharmacies on flu jabs this year

The RCGP and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have called on GP practices and community...

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'

GP appointments have risen rapidly in recent weeks as schools returned, according...

COVID-19 impact on medical schools risks 'serious damage' to future NHS workforce

COVID-19 impact on medical schools risks 'serious damage' to future NHS workforce

Medical training and the future NHS workforce could be seriously damaged by the financial...