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What does it mean for me as a patient?

1. What is Care.Data?

Care.Data will make increased use of information from medical records with the intention of improving healthcare.

2.  Who are HSCIC?

The Health & Social Care Information Centre is England’s central authoritative source of Health & Social Care. The HSCIC, under the Health & Social Care Act 2012, can extract Personal Confidential Data from your GP Surgery without seeking your consent.

3.  What data will be extracted?

Personal confidential data (PCD) such as referrals, all NHS prescriptions and other clinical data.

4.  What data flows can a patient object to?

Patients have the right to object to any extraction of PCD from the GP practice unless there is

(a) A statutory duty to share information

(b) A court order, or

(c) An overriding public interest in disclosure

The Secretary of State for Health, however, has given a commitment that, for Extractions of PCD from GP records that are to be sent to the HSCIC, patient objections will be respected.

5.  Recording a patient objection

Make sure the Surgery are aware either verbally or in writing and they will record ‘dissent’ codes on your record to reflect that you do not want any PCD being extracted.


Below are various resouces about further information can also be found at NHS Choices

Click here for patient FAQ's and patient information leaflet

You can contact the dedicated patient information line on 0300 456 3531


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