Concerned about your information being shared? What you need to know.
The NHS is planning to introduce an improved way for GP practices to share information about patients – called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection. News of these plans has caused some concern to some of our patients who have decided that they don’t want their data to be involved.
We have now been informed that no data will be shared in this new way until 1st September this year. This delay is to enable the national organisation NHS Digital to clearly explain their plans to the public and health professionals, as well as to thoroughly investigate any concerns that have been raised.
If you have already been in touch with the Practice to ask to be ‘opted out’, your Type 1 opt-out request will be honoured. This will not affect your own care. However, nobody’s data will be shared in this new way before 1st September, 2021.
If you would like to find out more about why the NHS collects and uses data, please go to www.digital.nhs.uk