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Primary Care Trusts

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold discussions with (a) Shropshire primary care trust, (b) Telford and Wrekin primary care trust and (c) Shrewsbury and Telford NHS hospital trust on security of patient health records. (176973)

Each national health service trust is legally responsible for the data that is in its possession and must comply with all relevant legislation. The Department has published clear rules and guidelines for NHS trusts on compliance with this legislation and on the management of personal data. This takes the form of a series of Codes of Practice on confidentiality, security and records management, supported by numerous good practice guidelines. An online resource—the NHS Information Governance Toolkit—makes this guidance accessible to all parts of the NHS and all major NHS organisations are required to provide an annual performance assessment against the standards derived from the three codes of practice.

In view of this it would not be proportionate for departmental Ministers to meet these individual NHS organisations at the present time.