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Goldacre recommendations on use of NHS health data to be examined by MPs

6 May 2022

Professor Ben Goldacre will be questioned by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on the findings of his review, published last month, on how the NHS can better use its health data for research. The third session of the inquiry will also examine international approaches to data sharing, hearing from New Zealand’s Chief Data Steward and a representative of the OECD.


The Government commissioned the Goldacre Review in 2021 and has said its findings will feed into the Health and Social Care Data Strategy, expected later this year. The Review made 185 recommendations on how to better harness NHS health data for research including advocating for Trusted Research Environments, increasing public trust and stronger digital capabilities.

Purpose of the session

The inquiry has been examining the opportunities and privacy challenges of sharing personal data across Government and industry, with a particular focus on the Government’s plans to share health data. Previous sessions have taken evidence from experts, governing bodies, privacy campaigners and patient representatives on issues such as the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) programme, data sharing opt-outs and data anonymisation in the public sector.


Wednesday 11 May 

Panel One (at 9.30am):  

  • Mark Sowden, Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS), Government Statistician and Chief Executive, New Zealand Stats

Panel 2 (at approx. 10.15am):

  • Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze, Information Economist and Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Panel Two (at approx. 11.00am): 

  • Professor Ben Goldacre MBE, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine and Director of the Bennett Institute for Applied Data Science, University Oxford

Further information

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