Delay in care.data roll out is in the best interests of patients and GPs, says BMA
The decision to delay extraction of patients’ medical records as part of the Government’s Care.data scheme until the autumn will be of benefit to both patients and GPs, the BMA has said.
Following the BMA’s call for urgent action to be taken to ensure that patients are aware of the implications of care.data, NHS England has today announced a delay in extractions until the autumn to ensure patients have "more time to learn about the benefits of sharing information and their right to object to their information being shared."
Responding to the news, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the BMA’s General Practitioner’s Committee, said:
"We are pleased that NHS England has listened to the concerns of the BMA and that the decision has been taken to delay the roll out of extractions to care.data until the autumn. With just weeks to go until the uploading of patient data was scheduled to begin, it was clear from GPs on the ground that patients remain inadequately informed about the implications of care.data.
"While the BMA is supportive of using anonymised data to plan and improve the quality of NHS care for patients, this must only be done with the support and consent of the public, and it is only right that they fully understand what the proposals mean to them and what their rights are if they do not wish their data to be extracted.
"This is all in the best interests of patients and GPs, and the BMA looks forward to working with NHS England to ensure that the public is properly informed and that safeguards are in place before uploads begin.”"
Gareth Parry- Jones
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