Health Service Record Confidentiality

Mary Hawking maryhawking at
Mon Feb 24 17:29:04 GMT 2014

HSCIC was established under the Health & Social Care Act on 1.4.13: it
included the previous NHS Information Centre - with the addition of a lot of
CfH staff and functions.

I can't remember what happened in 2006: surely the NHSIA (NHS Information
Authority) had been abolished before then?

Does every reorganisation of the NHS remove all responsibility for actions
performed by the previous organisations?


Mary Hawking

Retired from NHS on 31.3.13 because of the Health and Social Care Act 2012

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From: Gmail [mailto:codepope at] 
Sent: 24 February 2014 15:40
To: UK Cryptography Policy Discussion Group; Brian Morrison
Subject: Re: Health Service Record Confidentiality


HSCIC have made a statement -


They appear to have been responsible for collection since 2006 but only
handling the processing since 2013.




On 24 February 2014 at 14:29:55, Gmail (codepope at wrote:


On 24 February 2014 at 14:16:18, Brian Morrison (bdm at wrote:

On Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:42:36 +0000 
Ian Batten wrote: 

> HSCIS's rather unconvincing excuse is that the data was provided by a 
> previous organisation and they wouldn't do it now. Hardly reassuring. 

No, that certainly isn't reassuring. It indicates that some lax 
thinking must have gone on before. 

Oddly though, its also a statement that doesn't stand up to scrutiny.


"In 1996 these bodies were abolished and the NHS-Wide Clearing Service
(NWCS) was set up to provide a means of transmitting the records. In 2006
this work was taken over by the Secondary Uses Service, which is run by the
Health and Social Care Information Centre and the National Programme for

So it came under HSCIS's remit in 2006. The data set was from 2000-2010. 

For tracking though, there is the HESID -

Which appears to include per-client pseudonym-ids. Data cleaning on release
appears to be documented here -



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