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[MI] National Data Opt-out, March 2019

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Snapshot on 07 Mar 2019


This publication provides statistics on the number of unique NHS numbers with an associated national data opt-out. The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018. It was introduced following recommendations from the National Data Guardian. It indicates that a patient does not want their confidential patient information to be shared for purposes beyond their individual care across the health and care system in England. The service allows individuals to set a national data opt-out or reverse a previously set opt-out. It replaced the previous type 2 opt-outs which patients registered via their GP Practice.

Previous type 2 opt-outs have been converted to national data opt-outs each month, until November 2018. This is why the monthly increase in opt-outs decreases from December 2018 onward.

This publication includes the number of people who have a national data opt-out, broken down by age, gender and a variety of geographical breakdowns.

Please note that this publication will no longer be released monthly. It will now be released annually or when the national opt-out rate changes by more than 0.1 per cent.

Key Facts

2.74 per cent of registered patient had an active national data opt-out as at 7 March 2019, a decrease from 2.75 per cent in February 2019.  1,639,012 national data opt-outs were registered as at 7 March 2019, an increase of 45,186 since February 2019.


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