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Coronavirus (COVID-19): notification to organisations to share information

BY CLAUDY RODHOUSE  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS

Coronavirus (COVID-19): notification to organisations to share information -Source: Department of Health and Social Care and The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP Published 1 April 2020 Last updated 10 February 2021

 

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Notification to healthcare organisations, GPs, local authorities and arm's length bodies that they should share information to support efforts against coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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The Secretary of State has issued 4 notices under the Health Service Control of Patient Information Regulations 2002 requiring the following organisations to process information: 

  • NHS Digital
  • NHS England and Improvement 
  • health organisations 
  • arm’s length bodies 
  • local authorities 
  • GPs 

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Compliance with data protection standards 

Data controllers are still required to comply with relevant and appropriate data protection standards and to ensure within reason that they operate within statutory and regulatory boundaries. 

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The UK General Data Protection Regulations (UK GDPR) allow health data to be used as long as one or more of the conditions under articles 6 and 9 are met. There are conditions under both articles that can be relied on for the sharing of health and care data, including ‘the care and treatment of patients’ and ‘public health’. 

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We would expect any organisation to share information within legal requirements set out under UKGDPR. 

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