Make the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care a statutory body
Last updated: 11:30am 18 January 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.80
We will put the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care on a statutory footing to ensure data security standards are properly enforced.
Since its creation, the post has been held by Dame Fiona Caldicott, an independent expert in the field of medical data protection. Her advice is used by regulatory bodies such as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to sanction organisations which fall short of data protection standards.
However, the post lacks the legal authority to resolve difficult issues. This policy is a promise to rectify that by putting the NDG on a statutory footing, which means its responsibilities and authoritative power will be outlined and enshrined in law.
The Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill 2017-19 was designed with precisely that purpose in mind. It was introduced in the House of Commons in October 2017 and gained Royal Assent on 20 December 2018. The bill is now an Act of Parliament. This policy is ‘done’.
Get the details
- National Data Guardian: About Us – Gov.uk
- Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
- Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Act 2018 – Gov.uk
- Progress of the Bill – Parliament.uk
- How laws are made – Parliament.uk
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