Dangers of Data Sharing In Healthcare

The (UK) government has been accused of failing to act on “serious concerns” raised by doctors and MPs about an NHS policy that sees patient details shared with immigration authorities.

The Health and Social Care Committee warned earlier this year that NHS Digital was failing to uphold the interests of patients with the existing memorandum of understanding (MoU), through which patient data held by NHS Digital is shared with the Home Office for immigration tracing purposes.

It followed an evidence session on the subject in January, which heard that illegal immigrants were “too frightened” to access healthcare because of the data-sharing agreement, with many being “driven underground” by the legislation.

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