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[MI] National Data Opt-Out, November 2018

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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.

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.

Future publications will include a national level breakdown by the channel used to register the opt-out as well as who set the opt-out in instances where the opt-outs have been registered by a proxy.

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