Prevent your information being used for purposes other than care

Dr Neil Bhatia made this Freedom of Information request to NHS Digital

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Dear Health and Social Care Information Centre,

Thank you for all your previous responses.

I would like to make a further request under the FOI Act.

For the purposes of the Act, please take the date of your receipt of this request as 28th April 2016.

I note with interest the publication of the total number of people (in England) who have expressed a Type 2 objection ("9Nu4") to data held by the HSCIC, and the forthcoming publication of Type 1 objections ("(9Nu0") to data held by their GP practice.

• Could you kindly provide me with the total number of people (in England), to date, that have asked the HSCIC (directly) to prevent any information held about them (by the HSCIC) from being used for purposes other than their direct health and/or social care, and on which request the HSCIC will remove all identifiable information held on them (other than what is required by law to have them registered as an NHS patient).

Such action effectively removes all identifiable information from the different data collections that the HSCIC is legally responsible for (such as HES and SUS), and which is not used to support their direct care , but nevertheless allows the HSCIC to continue to use data that relates to them but has been anonymised.

As you know, this is a separate - and additional - objection (to the Type 2 one) that citizens in England can make to the HSCIC (directly).

I would be grateful if you would kindly acknowledge receipt of this request as recommended by the ICO ("It would be good practice to acknowledge receipt of requests and to refer to the 20 working day time limit, so that applicants know their request is being dealt with").

Thank you very much once again.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Neil Bhatia

HSCIC Enquiries,


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Dear Neil  Bhatia,

I am writing to acknowledge that your request for information was received
by The Health and Social Care Information Centre on 28/4/2016 and is
currently being considered. 

If the HSCIC is able to provide you with the information you have
requested, then under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act you are
entitled to receive it promptly and in any event no later than the
20th working day following the date of receipt. However, we may need to
contact you to clarify your request. If this is required we aim to do
this promptly but no later than 7 days after receiving your initial
request for information.

May I take this opportunity to explain the FOI Act in more detail. The Act
provides a 'General right of access to information held by public
authorities. However, it also defines a number of exemptions which may
prevent the release of some or all of the information you have requested.
Therefore, the HSCIC will assess your information request in light of any
relevant exemptions.

If exemptions do apply, then the HSCIC may decide not to release all, or
part, of the information you have requested. I shall inform you if this is
the case, and advise you of your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then
they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken as to whether to
release the information to you.

The response to your request will be sent to you by email, however if you
require your response in any other format, please contact us to discuss a
suitable format.

The HSCIC will not normally charge a fee to provide you with the
information you have requested, unless the cost of dealing with your
request is more than £450 as outlined in Section 12 of the FOI Act and
Section 3 of the The FOI and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004. If it appears likely that your request will cost more,
then the HSCIC is able to refuse to supply the information.  As per our
obligations under Section 16 of the FOI Act, every effort will be made to
provide you with details of how you may be able to reframe your request in
order for us to complete the required work within the (£450 / 18 person
hours) cost limit.

If you have any queries or should you wish to make a complaint about the
manner in which your request is being processed then please do not
hesitate to contact me at the above address in the first instance. Any
complaints will be investigated in accordance with the HSCIC complaints

Further information about your rights under the Freedom of Information
Act, is available from the Information Commissioner's Office, Wilmslow,
Cheshire and on the HSCIC's website.

Kind Regards,
Contact Centre Team

Health and Social Care Information Centre
1 Trevelyan Square
Boar Lane

0300 303 5678

Email: [1][HSCIC request email]

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HSCIC Enquiries,

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Dear Neil  Bhatia,

Many thanks for your recent request to the Health and Social Care
Information Centre.

We have now received a reply to this from our colleagues in the
Information Governance team.

Please see the attached file.

Kind Regards,

Contact Centre Team

Health and Social Care Information Centre
8th Floor
Bridgewater Place
Water Lane
LS11 5BZ

0300 303 5678

Email: [1][HSCIC request email]

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Dr Neil Bhatia left an annotation ()

More information about NHS data sharing, including:

• The Summary Care Record,
• The Hampshire Health Record
• The Berkshire Health Record (Connected Care)
• The Manchester Care Record
• The Stockport Health and Care Record
• The Salford Integrated Record
• The West Cheshire Care Record
• The North Staffs and Stoke-on-Trent Shared Record
• The Dorset Care Record
• Secondary uses of your information
• Local data streaming initiatives
• Google DeepMind & the Royal Free NHSFT

can be found at:

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