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Handling of patient data by Health and Social Care Information Centre is a “shambles,” say MPs

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 10 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2702
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The organisation responsible for collecting, analysing, and presenting national health and social care data in England is a “shambles” and cannot ensure the confidentiality of patient data, MPs have claimed.

Representatives of the Health and Social Care Information Centre were heavily criticised by MPs during a heated evidence session of the parliamentary health select committee on 8 April.

The centre’s leaders, however, defended their “world class” record on handling and disseminating data.

During the evidence session for the committee’s inquiry into handling NHS patient data, Valerie Vaz, Labour MP for Walsall South, said that the centre was a “shambles” and that it did not know what was happening with patient data that had been released. So called …

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