NHS England has announced it will delay its flagship data-sharing scheme for six months, to allow managers more time to ‘build understanding of the benefits’. NHS bosses said they would halt the planned extraction of data from GP surgeries in April and delay it until the autumn. The delay comes after the RCGP and the GPC objected to the scheme, saying ‘large numbers’of patients have not yet received any information about it and the communications programme around it should be expanded. NHS England said that it would work with patients and professional groups – including the BMA, RCGP and Healthwatch – to develop ‘additional practical steps to promote awareness with patients’.
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