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Apr

Private sector firms accessing NHS data


Data has been released on more than 450 occasions, including 56 times to private sector firms, according to the first audit of data disclosures by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).



In its efforts to deliver greater transparency, the register covers data releases approved by the HSCIC from the point it was established (April 1 2013) to 31 December 2013.

In a breakdown of the data releases, HSCIC claimed that 347 releases were of pseudonymised data and 75 releases of identifiable data, with an appropriate legal basis for sharing in place.

The majority of these releases were made to health and social care organisations, but 56 private sector organisations, who provide services to the healthcare system, also accessed data.

“By placing this register before the public the HSCIC is taking an important step towards the full transparency needed to help the public gain confidence in the services we provide,” says Kingsley Manning, HSCIC’s chair.

“We are absolutely committed to encouraging scrutiny of our work and we welcome feedback on today's register, which is important towards informing the structure and clarity of future publications and indeed to the organisation as it develops.

Following the releases of the register there has been a proposed amendment to the Care Bill for the Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG) to advise the HSCIC on data releases. The HSCIC has welcomed this proposal.

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