Something’s awry in the debate on patient data sharing

09 Feb 2018

In July this year, the Department of Health published Your Data: Better Security, Better Choice, Better Care. It was the UK Government’s (somewhat delayed) response to last year’s Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs of the National Data Guardian (NDG) for Health and Care as well as to the Safe Data, Safe Care review of the Care Quality Commission. Something is awry in the debate on patient data sharing. And while it is not the Government’s response that has made it so (not least because it accepts all of its trigger reports’ recommendations), it is likely to make things worse, for at least three reasons.