Health officials are being called to parliament today to give evidence on the handling of National Health Service patient data.
Kinglsey Manning, chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), Sir Nick Partridge, non-executive director of the HSCIC, and Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information, NHS England, will be attending a House of Commons Health Committee evidence session later this afternoon as part of an inquiry originally spurred by the care.data fiasco.
Manning has already given evidence at an earlier session on care.data back in April, alongside Max Jones, Director of Information and Data Services at HSCIC.
On the back of this session, MPs have now decided to take a more general look at the handling of patient data too, under the current arrangements for disclosure and those that were in place under NHS Information Centre (HSCIC's predecessor).
Care.data - under which patients' GP records are to be linked to hospital records - has been put on hold by NHS England indefinitely, to help officials deal with concerns over awareness, access, data security and opt-in/opt-out arrangements.