You Need to Read this Page. The NHS is collecting data from your GP and this could be sold by NHS digital. This collection will occur on July 2021 and you have until 23 June to say whether you agree or not. No action on your part and you agree. To stop your GP doing this, you need to hand in a form stating your opting out to your GP.
How and why NHS Digital collects, analyses, publishes and shares data collected from GP practices for planning and research.
If you do not want your identifiable patient data (personally identifiable data in the diagram above) to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except for your own care, you can register an opt-out with your GP practice. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-out.
What patient data we collect
This collection will start from 1 July 2021. Patient data will be collected from GP medical records about:
- any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started – this includes children and adults
- any patient who died after the data collection started, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started
We will not collect your name or where you live. Any other data that could directly identify you, for example NHS number, General Practice Local Patient Number, full postcode and date of birth, is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.
This process is called pseudonymisation and means that no one will be able to directly identify you in the data.
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