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Suspension of care.data scheme must be used to address security concerns

London GP and Euro-candidate Dr Louise Irvine says the six month suspension of the care.data scheme must be used to ensure patients are properly informed and security concerns over patient confidentiality are addressed.

It would have been reckless of NHS England to press on with the care.data plan given the serious concerns about the security of patient information and that fact that less than a third of households were even aware of having received a leaflet about the scheme.

I hope this 6 month pause will be used not only to make the public aware of the project and their right to opt out, but also for a thorough investigation into the many security concerns surrounding it.

This is another example of a badly thought-out, poorly executed and profligate policy by this government.

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