In September 2015 health secretary Jeremy Hunt commissioned a review in which Dame Fiona Caldicott would look at data security, consent and opt-out. Dame Fiona was also asked to develop standards against which the CQC could carry out inspections of NHS and social care organisations in regards to their use of data. It has now been revealed that although the report is complete, it will not be published until after June 23rd. This is due to the civil service ‘purdah’ restrictions put in place ahead of the referendum.
An article published by DigitalHealth.net looks at how this will leave the NHS and social care organisations, as well as the CQC, waiting for recommendations that will determine the future of a wide-range of data collection projects.
The full article and the implications of the delay can be reviewed here.