Last month we highlighted the last minute scramble that ensure NHS England, CCGs and CSUs are authorised to handle sensitive personal data for purposes other than direct commissioning of patient care. The NHS Health Research Authority granted NHS England conditional approval to process data for secondary uses on 5 April. The approval is an exemption under section 251 of the NHS Act 2006, and extends the permissions that had previously been in place for the DH, PCTs and SHAs for three months until 30 June 2013.

The Health Research Authority is said to be reviewing the matter.

Meanwhile NHS England is reviewing Dame Fiona Caldicott’s review into information governance (IG), ‘Information: to share or not to share’ to establish necessary information-sharing protocols to improve IG arrangements in the new commissioning landscape.