16 December 2014

RCGP Response to Care Data Report

Response to the report on Care.data by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Patient and Public involvement in Health and Social Care and the Patients Association

RCGP Honorary Secretary Nigel Mathers says:

“This report reinforces everything we have been calling for and adds weight to the need for a more cautious roll-out and for patients to be able to actively opt out.

“We also support the recommendation for open consultation on the data sets that will eventually be used.

“The RCGP was the first medical organisation to raise concerns about the scheme on behalf of patients so it is encouraging that progress is being made.

"Care.data is a vitally important project that has the capacity to bring enormous health benefits to patients up and down the country.

"It is crucial that by the time it is introduced patients are fully informed and that they can have trust and confidence in the scheme.”

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7581
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