Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak, the Trust would like to inform patients and their families and carers that NHS England and NHS Improvement have been given legal notice by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to support the processing and sharing of information to help the COVID-19 response under Health Service Control of Patient Information Regulations 2002 (COPI). This is to ensure that confidential patient information can be used and shared appropriately and lawfully for purposes related to the Covid-19 response. This notice applies to all providers of healthcare.
It also includes the dissemination of information to other organisations that require the information for the same purposes.
The effect of the COPI Notice is that any processing of your information which is undertaken due to these purposes will be deemed lawful irrespective of any limitations which the common law duty of confidentiality would ordinarily impose.
The COPI Notice has been extended by the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, and will now expire on 31 March 2021.
More information can be found here
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