Parliament creates new national data guardian to safeguard health and social care data

News by Tom Reeve

Parliament has created a new position of data guardian to produce guidance on the handling of health and social care data in England and Wales.

The Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Act 2018 received royal assent yesterday.

The act directs the health secretary to appoint a data guardian who will publish guidance on the processing of health and adult social care data for use by public bodies providing health or social care services. The act applies to England and Wales.

The act, which started life as a private members’ bill sponsored by Peter Bone MP and Baroness Chisholm, will come into force at the discretion of the health secretary.

The data guardian will produce an annual report for the health secretary detailing the advice and guidance that has been given in the previous year, with the report then being laid before parliament.


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