From September 1st 2021 the government has directed NHS Digital (the national provider of data analysis for the NHS) to permanently access you and your family’s GP medical records.
What this means is that NHS Digital will have access to your personal care records, including:
- Data about your medical conditions, diagnoses, symptoms, observations, GP encounters / appointments, test results, medications, allergies, referrals, recalls and information about your physical, mental and sexual health
- Data on your sex, ethnicity and sexual orientation
- Data about staff who have treated patients such as yourself
NHS Digital state that your information will be used to:
- Research the long-term impact of coronavirus on the population
- Analyse healthcare inequalities
- Research and develop cures for serious illnesses
Please watch the below video for more information:
Dr Neil Bhatia, a GP has produced a website http://gpdpr.info which he is keeping up to date explaining in detail what this all means for patients and the public to help you understand better the issues including common FAQs.