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No sharing of Isle of Man patient data says Government

Sat, 12 Jun 2021

Patient information from the lsle of Man will not be included in a project by NHS Digital to collect patient data in England for planning and research purposes. Island residents can be reassured that their data is safely ring-fenced from the project, and they do not need to take any action. 

The Manx Government has confirmed that the GPDPR initiative (general practice data for planning and research) applies to GP practices in England only. The position is highlighted after concerns were raised about the collection of patient data for a central NHS digital database from September 2021, under legislation which allows the UK Secretary of State for Health to do so.

Patient data held by GPs in the Isle of Man is managed in the bespoke EMIS healthcare records system, and operates so that only the surgery and the patient can see the information. The system has enabled Patient Access, a free, digital facility which allows people to make GP appointments, order prescriptions, check test results and view their own information via a mobile or home computer.

While Patient Access in the Isle of Man mirrors systems in the UK, it is entirely separate. Access to GP records is on an opt-in basis for which the patient gives their explicit consent.


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