New regulations mean Eynsham Medical Group, like all GP practices, will be obliged to share your NHS records with NHS Digital for the purposes of NHS planning and approved medical research. This was due to start on 1st July but has now been delayed by the government to an unspecified date (previously 1st September).
On 19th July, in response to recent feedback, the government announced a pause in previous deadlines while the plan is refined. It has been have announced:
‘Most importantly… while we are continuing to work on the infrastructure, and communication for the project, we are not setting a specific start date for the collection of data. Instead, we commit to start uploading data only when we have the following in place:
- the ability to delete data if patients choose to opt-out of sharing their GP data with NHS Digital, even if this is after their data has been uploaded;
- the backlog of opt-outs has been fully cleared;
- a Trusted Research Environment has been developed and implemented in NHS Digital;
- patients have been made more aware of the scheme through a campaign of engagement and communication.’
If you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital you can still register your Type 1 opt out, there is no longer a specified date for this (previously 23rd August 2021).