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Published Monday, March 10, 2014

This note provides information about the introduction of the NHS system and the use of patients' data for research, and about how patients’ can opt out of having information from their medical records shared through this system.

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This briefing paper was written in March 2014 and is no longer being updated. Background on current policy developments on this topic can be found in the Commons Library briefing paper, Patient health records and confidentiality.

Commons Briefing papers SN06781

Author: Tom Powell

Topics: Data protection, Health services, Medical ethics, Research and innovation, Science

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