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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to increased demand on general practices, including an increasing number of requests to provide patient data to inform planning and support vital research on the cause, effects, treatments and outcomes for patients of the virus.
To support the response to the coronavirus outbreak, NHS Digital has been legally directed to collect and analyse healthcare information about patients, including from their GP record, for the duration of the coronavirus emergency period, under the COVID-19 Public Health Directions 2020 (COVID-19 Direction). All GP practices in England are legally required to share data with NHS Digital for this purpose under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. More information about this requirement is contained in the Data Provision Notice issued by NHS Digital to GP practices.
This collection will reduce burden on general practices, allowing them to focus on patient care and support the coronavirus response.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) to be completed by a controller where its processing of personal data is considered to be a high risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals.