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Patients’ records for research
MEDICAL records from all GP surgeries in Bury will be used in research under a new NHS scheme.
The changes will see non-identifiable patient data taken from the 33 practices in Bury and surgeries across the North of England for use by researchers, commissioners and private companies.
All GP surgeries in the borough must display posters and leaflets informing the public they are able to opt out of the scheme.
NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Gro-up (CCG) said the aim was to improve care and services by making better use of information conta-ined within medical records.
Dr John Hampson, Clinical IM&T Lead for NHS Bury CCG, said: “By linking information from records from across different parts of the NHS in a secure and confidential way, the NHS can gain a more complete picture of care being provided in different areas.
“This is to make sure the NHS is providing the best possible services to all patients, and to help plan services.”
The information will not contain names. It will be securely processed and held in a form which does not identify the patient.
Practices which fail to take reasonable steps to make pat-ients aware of their rights to have their records withdrawn from the research co-uld face legal action under the Data Prot-ection Act.
Dr Hampson said: “The type of information shared, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and strict confidentiality rules.
“If you are happy for your information to be used in this way, you will not need to do anything.
“If, however, you do not wish information from your medical record to be used, you should contact your general practice.”
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