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Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

HSJ Wollaston calls for data access deal with pharma firms

Image Wollaston calls for data access deal with pharma firms

Sarah Wollaston said she supported the new care.data project “in principle” but called for a block on the extraction of confidential patient data from GP records until a range of “ethical and legal issues” surrounding the project were resolved.

Speaking exclusively to HSJ after taking part in a 2020Health debate at a Conservative conference fringe session, she said she would make representations to health secretary Jeremy Hunt on the subject.

She said: “This has to be a two way street with the drug companies. If they are going to benefit from our data, we have to benefit from their data.

“There should be a requirement for them to share clinical study report data [if they want access to care.data].”