In response to the news that NHS medical records sharing programme care.data is being delayed for 6 months Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said,
“Sharing patient records through the care.data programme would bring enormous benefits for the coordination of healthcare and research into the understanding and treatment of disease. A national conversation is paramount to ensure the programme is implemented with the support of the public. The stakes are high given the potential future impact on healthcare, so I urge everyone with an interest in the scheme to engage in this conversation to ensure the benefits of sharing patient data are achieved”.
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