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National Data Opt Out Update (July 20th)

Posted on July 20th, 2021

We previously reported on NHS Digital’s plans to improve the sharing of data from GP medical records, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) collection. There has since been a further announcement to pause the collection of this data, to provide more time to engage with GPs, patients, health charities and others, and to strengthen the plan.

Patients should now be aware that NHS Digital is now not setting a specific start date for the collection of data and they have committed to uploading data only when the following is in place:

  • the ability to delete data if patients choose to opt-out of sharing their GP data with NHS Digital, even if this is after their data has been uploaded;
  • the backlog of opt-outs has been fully cleared;
  • a Trusted Research Environment has been developed and implemented in NHS Digital;
  • patients have been made more aware of the scheme through a campaign of engagement and communication.

 

NHS Digital has also stated:

“We want to make the position around opt-out much simpler […] We are introducing three changes to the opt-out system which mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time:

  • Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded;
  • NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out;
  • The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running, and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian.

Together, these changes mean that patients can have confidence that they will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out of the system, and that the dataset will always reflect their current preference. And we will ensure it is easy for them to exercise the choice to optout.”

We hope the above information from NHS Digital helps clarify the changes surrounding the National Opt Out scheme. The NHS Digital website also provide further information which you can access by clicking here.

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    08:00 until 13:00
    14:00 until 18:00
  • Tuesday
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    14:00 until 18:00
  • Wednesday
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    14:00 until 18:00
  • Thursday
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    14:00 until 18:00
  • Friday
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