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Controversial NHS patient data sharing pilot scheme may be delayed until 2015

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said the public was ‘broadly supportive’ of data sharing.

Pilot schemes for the delayed and controversial NHS programme to share data from patients’ medical records might not start until well into the new year, it has emerged. The launch of the care data programme was postponed for at least six months in February this year – well past its planned date of April 2014 – and NHS has now said it will not even have completed signing up GP practices for experiments in how it might work until the new year. Doctors in four parts of the country will be involved, and there will be trials in how to inform the public and patients about how the system will work, its perceived benefits and on how they can opt out of having confidential information shared.

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