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NHS: Medical Records

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 13716, tabled on 7 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the review by Professor Ben Goldacre entitled Better, broader, safer: using health data for research and analysis, published in April 2022, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of creating a single national data controller for all NHS records.

Answered on

21 June 2022

The review recommended that “a national organisation could become Data Controller for a copy of all NHS patients’ records, to be held only ever in a secure national TRE, where it can be worked on for the purposes of service improvement, academic research, and foundational work into data curation and harmonisation”.

On 13 June 2022, we published ‘Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data’, which states that we will progress the recommendations relevant to the strategy. The review’s recommendations are being considered with relevant experts and stakeholders.