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Wednesday, 22 January 2014
MP tables motion to halt care.data rollout as 2,400 patients call helpline !
An MP has tabled a Parliamentary motion calling for the controversial care.data scheme to be ‘indefinitely’ delayed until further consultation takes place and patients are asked to opt into rather than opt out of the programme.
The Early Day Motion from Roger Godsiff, the Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green, says signatories have ‘no faith whatsoever in Government assertions that patient data will be coded in such a way as to guarantee anonymity’ and expresses concern over the ‘consistent history of large scale data mismanagement and leakage across Government’.
Early Day Motions rarely result in a Parliamentary debate and are usually used by MPs as a device for publicising issues. But the move reflects growing scrutiny and concern about the care.data rollout, which has attracted a raft of front-page headlines in the national press this week and prompted intense debate.
It comes as the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) revealed that a phoneline set up to answer queries from patients regarding the data-sharing scheme has received almost 2,400 calls in the first few weeks of a national publicity campaign.