Select committee inflames row over NHS Digital and Home Office data-sharing agreement
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We were looking for a very much more convincing case for the continued operation of the MoU than had been presented so far
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The row comes in a week when the immigration status of Windrush-era citizens is in the spotlight after some were put at risk of deportation by the Home Office.
Rachel Royall, director of comms at NHS Digital, told PRWeek: “We know and understand that there are diverse and conflicting opinions about this complex issue, and we have made our decisions with the utmost care, balancing the requirements for privacy for patients with the public interest in supporting the government policy.
She continued: “From a communications perspective our aim is to be transparent and open, and to keep listening to feedback and comment. So, for example, we recently commissioned a Mori poll that showed 72 per cent of people either strongly supported or tended to support the sharing of address data with the Home Office for the purposes of preventing immigration crime. All of this is available on our website.”