The Government has recently enacted a law requiring GPs to send copies of their patient’s records to NHS Digital, where they may be used for research and planning. The scheme will collect information on people’s treatments, referrals, and appointments over the past 10 years, alongside other data from medical records held on GPs’ systems.
The way in which the scheme is being introduced assumes that all patients will have automatically consented to the use of their medical records unless they explicitly opt out by notifying their GP that information must not be extracted from their records.
Patients who are happy with this use of their medical information need do nothing: patients who wish to exclude their information from being extracted at the start of the scheme must notify their GP by no later than 23 June 2021.
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