Care.data - Better information means better care leaflet
GP practices across England will be required to supply patients’ personal and confidential medical information, on a regular and continuous basis, to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
The data upload is due to commence in Autumn 2014.
Details from your medical record will be extracted from the practice in a form that can identify you, and will include your NHS number, date of birth, postcode, gender and ethnicity, together with your medical diagnoses.
Although GP practices cannot object to this information leaving the practice, individual patients and their families can instruct their practice to prohibit the transfer of their data, i.e. you have the right to opt-out.
If you do nothing, i.e. you do not opt out, then your medical information will be extracted and uploaded to the HSCIC.
Once uploaded, you will not be able to get this data deleted by the HSCIC. So if you want to opt out, you need to act now.
To opt out, simply fill in your details on the form – see link at the end of this page - cut it out and post it or drop it in to your GP practice, marked for the attention of your GP. If you wish to opt out your children or other members of your family for whom you are responsible, you can add their details on the back of the form.
Opt Out form - download, sign and send it to the practice
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