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Patient objections Directions 2015

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of patient objections information, and to exercise such systems delivery functions of the Secretary of State as are expedient for NHS Digital to carry out the functions for the patient objections information system.


Collection and analysis of information about 'Type 1' objections will assist in honouring the commitment made by the Department of Health in the response to the Caldicott Review 2013  and support the review of consent and opt-outs (National Data Guardian Review 2016).

To collect aggregate level information from GP Practices on the number of 'Type 1' objections made by patients, and the number of 'Type 1' objections withdrawn by patients.

A 'Type 1' objection is an objection by a patient to information that identifies him or her from leaving the GP Practice for purposes beyond his or her care.

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Last edited: 6 May 2021 1:15 pm