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Patient objections (type 2) Directions 2016

Directions given by the Secretary of State for Health requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system to process and uphold Type 2 objections, and to analyse how Type 2 objections may affect the data released by NHS Digital, to support recipient organisations to understand how the application of Type 2 objections may affect their own analysis, research findings and performance measurement.

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To process and uphold Type 2 objections and to set out the principles under which this must be done.

  • A 'Type 2' objection is a request expressed by a registered patient lodged with a GP Practice that indicates that personal identifiable information that relates to the patient must not be disseminated or published by NHS Digital.

Legal basis

Sections 254(1) and (6), 274(2) and 304(9), (10), (11) and (12) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and Regulation 32 of the National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (Constitution and Functions) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (Functions) Regulations 2013.

The Directions came into force on 29 April 2016.

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Last edited: 5 September 2018 12:10 pm