THE manager of a South Derbyshire doctor’s surgery has raised concerns over how patients’ personal data will be stored under a new system.
Under the plans, led by NHS England, all GP surgeries will be required to supply patient’s personal and confidential medical information to the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
The centre will then administer the data which it will use it for planning health services and research.
Patients will be automatically signed up to have their information shared on the scheme, which will start in about eight weeks, unless they opt out.
But one surgery manager, who asked to remain anonymous, said the practice is being ‘set up to fail’ as not enough notice had been given to surgeries to inform their patients about the changes.
She said: “My overriding concern is that we have been given eight weeks to do this and there is no way that this is achievable. It’s going to be very difficult.”
The manager also questioned to timing of the project when practices will be inundated with work in the lead up to this year’s flu vaccination programme.
She said: “It puts practices in a difficult situation because we are not just waiting around for the next job to come along.
“We are being set up to fail because the time frame is so short and I’m not confident we will be able to contact all my patients in that time.”
But a spokesman for NHS England said it is committed to ensuring the public know about the changes.
The spokesman said: “It is important to note that once the data is extracted it is made available in a format that does not identify individuals and is only provided where there is a legal basis to do so.
“Members of the public need to know that information about them, given in confidence, is being treated respectfully.”