Health data chiefs promise safer, more transparent system to protect patient information

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 03 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4412
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London, UK

Patient privacy will be protected by a more transparent and scrutinised system for handling health and social care data, MPs have been told.

Repeated assurances were given to MPs during a hostile evidence session of the parliamentary health committee on 1 July for its inquiry into handling of NHS patient data.

The committee quizzed heads of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, the body in charge of health and social care data in England.

Much of the discussion focused on a review published last month, carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers into the centre’s predecessor body, the NHS Information Centre, and its handling of data releases.1

The NHS Information Centre was criticised earlier this year …

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