Shame

In the flood of positive PR for Freedom of Information’s 10th anniversary, a piece appeared in the Manchester Evening News that shows a possible downside of the legislation. The MEN is my local paper and the main hospital in the story is the closest to my house, but I didn’t notice it – it was highlighted on Twitter […]

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Doctor knows best

Dr Clare Gerada, who was until recently chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has written an article for The Times about care.data, stoutly defending the scheme and its benefits for the public. The Times doesn’t give its stories away for free (a stance that they’re perfectly entitled to adopt), so if you want […]

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An intelligent, grown-up debate

The Chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Kingsley Manning, wrote to the Guardian this week to ask for “an intelligent, grown-up debate” about the sharing of GP-held health data with the HSCIC, so that it can then be accessed by researchers of various kinds. This bracing proposition was almost immediately undermined by […]

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This is not fine

The Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has come out fighting. Having just received a record £325,000 civil monetary penalty for DPA breaches, Mr Duncan Selbie has declared that he doesn’t understand what is going on, and he will appeal the CMP forthwith. There is a small part of me that […]

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