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The Care.data programme - patient information

25/09/2013

Dear Patient,

We have recently received a number of enquiries from patients concerned about a new system that allows the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HCSIC) to access patient data from GP Practice records.  The programme is called 'Care.Data'.

The programme will operate through the GP Extraction Service, or GPES.  This system does not come into operation for another 6 weeks.  During that 6 weeks, GP Surgeries have been told that they must take reasonable steps to let patients know about the changes, so that they can choose to 'opt out' from the system if they so choose.

We have now received more information from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) realting to this programme.

You can download a patient information leaflet here, and there is also a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) available that patients may find useful in helping them decide what course of action to take.

If patients do decide to opt out, you can use this form to let us know.  Please be aware that due to the nature of the request being made, we cannot accept these requests via e-mail.

Patients can visit this website for further information about the programme.

Kind Regards,