APPG Chair seeks assurance re powers of NDG

EDITED: 31/03/2017 | PUBLISHED: 21/03/2017

An advocate for the safe and effective use of medical data in order to improve healthcare, last November Jo Churchill MP, Chair of APPG on Personalised Medicine, presented National Data Guardian (NDG) for Health and Care Bill to the House of Commons. With the aim of building trust and clear governance, the Bill intends to put the role of the NDG on a statutory footing. Currently the NDG advises and challenges the health and care system to ensure citizens’ confidential information is safeguarded and used appropriately, the Bill would increase powers of the National Data Guardian to also issue formal statutory guidance on health data.

Jo Churchill MP said in House of Commons to David Mowat MP, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health: “GP forward view talks of supporting general practices in improving digital technology for patients. Given the recent data challenges will the Minister agree putting the National Data Guardian on a statutory footing to protect patients and professionals is now becoming imperative?”   

David Mowat MP confirmed that the Government intends to support Jo Churchill’s Bill.

The APPG on Personalised Medicine aims to see effective NHS implementation of useful scientific and technological innovations that support delivery of more personalised and sustainable healthcare, for the benefits of patients and the wider population.