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NHS must stop sharing confidential patient data with Home Office, say MPs

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k512 (Published 31 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k512
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

NHS officials must stop sharing confidential patient data with the Home Office for immigration tracing purposes, an influential group of MPs has said.

The House of Commons Health Committee has asked NHS Digital to immediately withdraw from a memorandum of understanding with the Home Office that allows personal details, including patients’ address and date of birth, to be shared to help trace potential immigration offenders.

In a letter to Sarah Wilkinson, chief executive of NHS Digital, the committee’s chair, Sarah Wollaston, said that NHS Digital had failed to give due consideration to patient confidentiality and …

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