Type 1 objections and the National Data Opt-Out

Type 1 objections (type 1 opt-outs) were introduced, in part to enable patients to object to any confidential patient information about them being extracted from their GP records (with a few legally mandated exceptions), following the concerns raised by the attempted introduction of care.data.

The Department of Health and Social Care proposes to publish a plan to withdraw type 1 objections in England at some point after March 2020, following consultation with the National Data Guardian. The RCGP's position statement outlines eight key steps which the NHS should follow before withdrawing type 1 objections and replacing it with the national data opt-out – these steps are aimed at minimising impacts on patient data choices, and minimising the use of confidential patient information for purposes beyond individual care.

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