Labour asks NHS and Matt Hancock to pause plans for sharing patient data

Shadow health minister Alex Norris and doctors’ groups believe proposals risk undermining trust in GPs

Labour has urged the NHS and Matt Hancock to pause their plan to share medical records from GPs to allow time for greater consultation on how the idea would work, saying that maintaining patients’ trust must be paramount.

In a letter to the head of NHS Digital and the health secretary, the shadow public health minister, Alex Norris, said Labour backed the principle of improved data collaboration but shared the concerns of some doctors’ groups.

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