On Tuesday 21 July 2015, The Guardian published an article about the Government’s plans for patient data. The article detailed what they have called a “data grab” by the government – who, it is claimed, have been looking to be allowed access to patient data from IT companies to inform their policy on a seven day NHS.
In response to this article, Genetic Alliance UK has co-signed a letter to The Guardian, along with Arthritis Research UK, the Association of Medical Research Charities, the British Heart Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, on the issue of patient data in research.
Our position is clear: data has an important and vital role to play in the improvement of healthcare delivery, service design and medical research within the NHS. However, the system must use a clear framework to safeguard data, only then will patients, the public and healthcare professionals have trust in the system.