Is any IT handling safe in government hands? Patient data must be safeguarded – but we patients don’t trust anyone in politics or administration to deliver without scandalous error..

It would be safer to use private providers than health service IT managers – the words piss up and brewery come to mind where government IT management and strategy are concerned.  Is any IT handling safe in government hands?

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Letters in the Guardian 27th July 2015: Patient data must be safeguarded – ‘We believe information from patient records has huge potential to save and improve lives but privacy concerns must be taken seriously,’ write Olivia Belle and others.

The effective use of patient data is of critical importance to improving healthcare delivery, service design and medical research in the NHS. Your story (PM plans patient data grab in proposals for seven-day NHS, 22 July) highlights the critical need for clearly defined and robust


The effective use of patient data is of critical importance to improving healthcare delivery, service design and medical research in the NHS. Your story (PM plans patient data grab in proposals for seven-day NHS, 22 July) highlights the critical need for clearly defined and robust governance processes to give patients confidence that their data is being respected. We are concerned that this incident, as reported, suggests that vital lessons from the care.data fiasco have not yet been learned.

The Department of Health, the NHS and the HSCIC must ensure there are transparent and proportionate procedures in place to safeguard data and control access. There must be absolute clarity about how data can be accessed, by whom and for what purposes. While risks to privacy can never be entirely eliminated, they must be effectively reduced and managed.

Above all, patients, public and healthcare professionals must understand and trust the system. Building that trust is fundamental. We believe information from patient records has huge potential to save and improve lives but privacy concerns must be taken seriously. The stakes are too high to risk any further mistakes.
Olivia Belle Director of external affairs, Arthritis Research UK
Aisling Burnand Chief executive, Association of Medical Research Charities
Mike Hobday Policy director, British Heart Foundation
Alastair Kent OBE Director, Genetic Alliance UK
Nicola Perrin Head of policy, Wellcome Trust

Doctors should have electronic records everywhere possible. It will reduce mistakes and litigation. GPs have been paperless for 20 years..

Bring in proper P.R. We have lack of planning – not enough nurses, no computerised records, and cancelled operations

Hospital Death Causes: Hospital Records need to be reformed

Patient records should not have been sold, NHS admits

GPs revolt on patient records: Growing anger at NHS plan to harvest private data

Your notes are the property of the secretary of state – but he has never had them before until after death. Now he and the PM want them and their “data” before death.. is any IT handling safe in government hands?

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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