Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
It was announced over the weekend that DHSC entered into a memorandum of understanding with the National Police Chiefs Council to share data on people told to self-isolate to prevent COVID-19 transmission to enable the police to enforce this legal requirement.*
I would like to request copies of any impact or risk assessment produced in preparation for, or in the process of deciding, whether to make this arrangement. Specifically:
1. any risk assessment on whether this is likely to change the number of people seeking COVID-19 tests, either through GPs/hospitals, or through the privately run testing programme
2. any risk assessment on whether public response to the news of this data sharing may reduce compliance with other COVID-19-related public health measures including social distancing, mask wearing, or use of the NHSx (or equivalent Scottish) proximity tracing app
3. any impact assessment, including but not limited to those produced pursuant to the public sector equality duty (s149 of the Equality Act 2010), on whether this kind of data sharing will affect specific groups with protected characteristics (race, age, disability etc.)
I look forward to your prompt response with interest.
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