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NHS: Identity Cards

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 439W, on the European Health Insurance Card, if he will place in the Library minutes of discussions of the potential costs and benefits of the proposed national health service card with the NHS Connecting for Health National Programme for IT; and what his policy is on whether to introduce an NHS card. (202327)

A number of discussions took place in the course of developing policy advice to Ministers on the possible costs and benefits of an national health service card. The Government do not disclose details of internal policy deliberations. There are no current plans to introduce an NHS card.