Response to Guardian article about NHS data (20/01/14)
NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) welcome the increase in public awareness and debate about NHS data usage following the nationwide distribution of the leaflet "Better Information means Better Care".
It is vital, however, that this debate is based on facts, and that the complexities of how we handle different types of data are properly understood. Patients and their carers should know that no data will be made available for the purposes of selling or administering any kind of insurance and that the NHS and the HSCIC never profit from providing data to outside organisations.
For a detailed explanation of how the NHS uses patient data, see this blog post from Dr. Geraint Lewis, Chief Data Officer of the National Health Service in England.