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NHS and Home Office data sharing

via Andrea Vukovic at OPEL – Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives – which replaces Still Human Still Here

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NHS Digital (formerly HSCIC), the Department of Health (DoH) and the Home Office, makes clear that NHS Digital is required by law to hand over non-clinical patient details to the Home Office, including last known addresses, dates of birth, GP’s details and the date registered with doctor.

DoH figures show that the Home Office made 8,127 requests for patient details in the first eleven months of 2016, which led to 5,854 people being traced by immigration enforcement.

Requests for information have increased dramatically in recent years. For the full MoU and a Guardian article on the issue go to:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/585730/MOU_v2.pdf

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/24/nhs-hands-over-patient-records-to-home-office-for-immigration-crackdown

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