MOU suspension a 'huge victory for common sense', says RCGP

Publication date: 10 May 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "We are extremely pleased and relieved that the Government has suspended the data-sharing agreement that has been in place with NHS Digital - it is a huge victory for common sense, for civil rights and for high-quality patient care.

"This is what is best for our patients, and it is what is best for doctors, who are trusted to keep our patients' data safe but have recently felt as if the relationship we have with our patients has been compromised.

"The College has campaigned hard on this issue, and in solidarity with the BMA, the Health Select Committee, and others – and we are very grateful to everyone who has supported our campaign.

"It is now important that we work to re-establish any trust that may have been lost around how NHS data is used – and that any future data-sharing agreements that involve NHS data are properly risk-assessed and frontline clinicians consulted before they are finalised, so that we don’t ever find ourselves in a similar situation again."

This is the College's response to the news that an agreement between the Home Office, Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, allowing for data relating to people suspected of immigration offences to be shared between the organisations, has been suspended.

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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