Urgent review of NHS data access policy for young people

Urgent review of NHS data access policy for young people

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Rebecca Herle started this petition to NHS England

Following GDPR the Royal college of general practitioners has issued a very very broad document on children owning their own medical data and taking responsibility for governing their own medical appointments etc with no access (proxy or otherwise) allowed for parents. 

To say this is crazy is a complete understatement! All surgeries and boroughs are, as a result, making their own interpretation of what that age is. My local surgery in Cobham under Elmbridge has stated this as 11 years old - this is not ok! 

In the Uk the legal age for a child to become an adult is 18 - nobody under this age should be able to control their own data or medical practice. Because they are still children - they don’t have the understanding or control to look after their own medical health be it physical or mental. 

GDPR hit in 2018 and the result of this has had many a ripple effect of misinterpretation and implementation. 

Children are children until the age of 18 and until such times parental responsibility must prevail. 

I implore the NHS to step in and withdraw this RCGP document with immediate effect. 

 

 

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