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Leaflets explaining how the NHS uses patient information will begin landing on the doormats of England’s 26.5 million households from today.

Over the next four weeks, every household in England will receive “Better Information Means Better Care”, a leaflet explaining the benefits of sharing information about the care they have received. Sharing information helps ensure that the quality and safety of services is consistent across the country and can also highlight different diseases and conditions that may require more NHS investment.

Households in the North of England will receive their leaflets this week, with the rest of England to follow during January, as announced in October.

As explained in the leaflet, patients have the right to object to their data being used for purposes other than their direct care.  If patients wish to restrict their data being used then they should talk to their GP.

An information line has been set up for patients to call if they have any questions or concerns about how their data are used.  The number is 0300 456 3531.

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