European Data Protection Digest

Data Protection Act Allows Surgeons To Keep Performance Private

PRIVACY LAW—UK

June 13, 2013

The National Health Service has plans to release performance data on 10 types of surgeons this summer, as it currently does for heart surgeons. However, it has come to light that the Data Protection Act actually prevents the NHS from requiring surgeons to release individual information. So far, four percent of surgeons have declined to disclose information. The Royal College of Surgeons has urged its members to provide data to the NHS.
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