NHS Digital has recently announced plans to allow an NHS system to extract patient data from doctors’ surgeries in England. The new data-sharing system was due to start in July but has now been pushed back to 1 September.
If you DO NOT want your GP records to be shared, there are two ways to opt out:
- Stop your GP record data being shared anonymously with other NHS services for planning and development. This would prevent your data being used in the anonymous information local NHS service commissioners and decision makers use to plan services. You will need to complete the form called Type 1 Opt out form and return it to your GP practice before 1 September. Find the Type 1 Opt out form here.
- Agree to share your information with the NHS planners but NOT with external research organisations. You can do this online here, via the NHS App or by calling 0300 303 56 78.