Royal College of Physicians comments on EU data protection threat to NHS

The Royal College of Physicians of London raises concerns about the potential negative impact of proposed new EU data protection rules on the NHS and medical research:

The Daily Telegraph reports today that plans for an NHS database containing records of all patients in England could be scuppered by the new rules which would render the scheme illegal. The RCP’s Data Protection Officer Pamela Forde said the changes would not only mean the axing of the database, but would kill off most major studies on disease, ‘the changes being proposed are really far-reaching and would mean a lot of large-scale research would be impossible’.

Read the RCP position paper on the EU data protection proposals

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