NHS Data Grab

What is NHS data grab?

The government has announced that GP around the country should share their patients’ medical records with NHS Digital starting from 1st July 2021. Fortunately, due to concerns raised, this has been delayed until 1st September 2021.

Why should this be a concern?

Normaly this shouldn’t be a concern for anyone, as these medical records are vital for medical and pharmaceutical researchers. The main reason why you should opt-out of this data sharing between your GP and NHS Digital is because there are few safeguards put in place, and even though your GP would not share information like your name, age, gender, your medical records can be easily used to identify you.

How can I opt-out?

There are a few things you can do for you and your family.

Stop your GP data from being shared

Click the link below and download the Type 1 form, in Word format, complete it with your details, children and dependants, and send it to your GP one week before 1st September 2021.

Stop your non-GP data from being shared

Non-GP data includes hospital or clinical treatments. You can stop this information from being used for other reasons other than your direct care. Click the link below and opt-out using NHS Digital National Data Opt-Out Process. This can be used by anyone aged 13 and over.

Non-GP data sharing Opt-Out Form

This form can be used by you and your children (aged 13 and under). Access the link below, complete the form, and send it to NHS Digital by e-mail or post.

Adult dependants Non-GP data Opt-Out Form

If you have an adult dependant for whom you have legal responsibility, you can use the form below. Access the link, complete the form on their behalf, and send it to NHS Digital.

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