Vale of York health body wins official approval

Gazette & Herald: Vale of York health body wins official approval Vale of York health body wins official approval

THE organisation responsible for commissioning health care in York and Selby has been given official approval.

NHS England said Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group – which was set up last April – had successfully satisfied all the requirements of its “authorisation process”.

This means that the organisation; which is led by local GPs and commissions the healthcare services for around 333,000 people in the Vale of York area, has fulfilled all the necessary criteria, increasing its powers in commissioning local healthcare.

Chief operating officer Rachel Potts said: “We have come a very long way in such a short time and the announcement that we are fully authorised is testament to the hard work of our staff.”

Chief clinical officer Dr Mark Hayes said: “Delivering real improvements in patient care drives our work.”

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5:30pm Tue 28 Jan 14

perplexed says...

Perhaps this new GP led organisation might like to comment on the decision to allow third parties access to our medical records, especially when 41% of GP's intend to opt out of the care data scheme. Despite the fact that it is supposed to be anonymised for research purposes, insurers and drug companies – will be able to apply to the new Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to gain access to the database. Even the director of the scheme admits , patients could be "re-identified" because insurers, pharmaceutical groups and other health sector companies had their own medical data that could be matched against the "pseudonymised" record.

Is there anything this Government will not sell to the highest bidder!
Perhaps this new GP led organisation might like to comment on the decision to allow third parties access to our medical records, especially when 41% of GP's intend to opt out of the care data scheme. Despite the fact that it is supposed to be anonymised for research purposes, insurers and drug companies – will be able to apply to the new Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to gain access to the database. Even the director of the scheme admits , patients could be "re-identified" because insurers, pharmaceutical groups and other health sector companies had their own medical data that could be matched against the "pseudonymised" record. Is there anything this Government will not sell to the highest bidder! perplexed
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