NHS axes care.data scheme

The controversial data-sharing scheme has been scrapped following a review

Doctor holding a clipboard

The NHS' divisive care.data programme has been scrapped, government officials have announced.

The closure was prompted by the findings of a review by national data guardian, Dame Fiona Caldicott, into the use and security of patient data within the NHS.

"In light of Dame Fiona's recommendations, NHS England has taken the decision to close the care.data programme", said minister for life sciences, George Freeman.

The government's care.data programme was an initiative intended to improve the NHS and social services, by pooling and analysing the vast stores of patient data generated by the two bodies.

However, the scheme was dogged by criticism since its announcement in 2013 and more than a million people opted out of it during its brief trial run in 2015.

While the national data guardian's review wasn't specifically focused on the care.data programme, its recommendations were judged to be effectively incompatible with its current format.

The review found there was support for care.data's core principle - using patient data to improve the NHS - but that it was marred by a lack of public understanding and poor explanation of the scheme's functions.

Caldicott recommended that a new consent model be implemented to let patients opt-out of having their data used for anything beyond their direct care.

"The review goes further than the approach that was planned for care.data and its pathfinder areas," Freeman said.

Despite the failure of the care.data scheme, Freeman reinforced that the government and NHS England are still "absolutely committed" to making use of patient data.

"This work will now be taken forward by the National Information Board, in close collaboration with the primary care community in order to retain public confidence and to drive better care for patients," he said.

Featured Resources

The ultimate guide to business connectivity in field services

A roadmap to increased workplace efficiency

Free download

The definitive guide to migrating to the cloud

Migrate apps to the public cloud with multi-cloud infrastructure solutions

Free download

Transform your network with advanced load balancing from VMware

How to modernise load balancing to enable digital transformation

Free download

How to secure workloads in hybrid clouds

Cloud workload protection

Free download

Recommended

HPE inks $2 billion high-performance computing deal with the NSA
high-performance computing (HPC)

HPE inks $2 billion high-performance computing deal with the NSA

1 Sep 2021
White House launches tech fellowship program to tackle key issues
Policy & legislation

White House launches tech fellowship program to tackle key issues

31 Aug 2021
Department of Health and Human Services must improve cyber security info sharing
Security

Department of Health and Human Services must improve cyber security info sharing

30 Jun 2021
JEDI contract's future becomes murky after AWS court win
Policy & legislation

JEDI contract's future becomes murky after AWS court win

11 May 2021

Most Popular

How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

17 Sep 2021
What are the pros and cons of AI?
machine learning

What are the pros and cons of AI?

8 Sep 2021
Best MDM solutions 2020
mobile device management (MDM)

Best MDM solutions 2020

17 Sep 2021