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Patient data to be collected from GPs

by admin | 6th January 2014

Patient data to be collected from GPs

The NHS in England is to start collecting anonymised data on patient care by GPs for the first time.

Hospital data is already collected but NHS England says extending the initiative to general practice means it will be possible to get a full picture of disease and treatment patterns.

Leaflets explaining the scheme, and how people can opt out if they wish, are being sent to 26.5 million households.

It will not be possible to track the data back to individuals.

Anyone who does not want their information used can talk to their GP, and those who have questions about how the data will be used, can call the information line on 0300 456 3531.

Households in the North of England will receive their leaflets this week, with the rest of England to follow during January.

Click here to find out more. 

BBC News Health – 6th January 2014

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