1 March2014

RCGP Statement on care.data

Commenting on government plans to take on board concerns raised by GPs about the implementation of care.data, Professor Nigel Mathers, Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of GPs, said:

"We are very grateful to the Government for listening to the concerns of GPs and for meeting the assurances sought by the RCGP in order to ensure that patients' data is protected.

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

"However it was critical the Government was able to give the assurances the profession has been seeking, as without them the whole enterprise was at risk of sinking without trace due a crisis of confidence among GPs and patients."

"What is now needed is a stepped up publicity campaign to raise awareness of care.data and the safeguards that will exist, so that people are able to make an informed decision about whether to exercise their right to opt out."

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