In 2014, a National Audit Office (NAO) review of GPES found that the service was inefficient and costly but fulfilled a necessary requirement and should be replaced and improved. A subsequent Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing in Parliament upheld and supported these findings.
In order to provide for the phased replacement of GPES, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has directed NHS Digital to establish an information system to collect and analyse General Practice data for health and social care purposes including planning, policy development, public health, commissioning and research.
The Data Provision Notice, below, sets out our legal obligations in respect of data collection, analysis, dissemination and publication. The Notice also describes how we will handle all Type 1 Opt-outs which have been registered by patients with their individual General Practice.