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Medical Records: Databases

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 206W, on medical records: databases, whether (a) private sector suppliers, (b) third sector suppliers and (c) providers under the Framework for Procuring External Support for Commissioning will have access to patient data through the Secondary Uses Service. (221447)

The current proposals for pseudonymised data extracts from the Secondary Uses Service are that these will be available for any supplier who agrees the terms and conditions. The terms and conditions are being agreed but include, for example, limitations on the disclosure of data to third parties and the copying of data, and termination and liability clauses in the event of unauthorised disclosure of personally-identifiable information. There will also be a right of audit to verify adherence to the terms and conditions, which will be the key condition determining permission to access for those wishing to use the service.

Once finalised, the terms and conditions will be published.