§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 12 January,Official Report, column 197–98, what plans she has to assure the confidentiality of any patient records which are held on the new network.
§ Mr. Sackville
The national health service-wide networking programme has established a security project to develop the security policy and associated security mechanisms needed to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all information passing across the new network. This work is being undertaken in full consultation with representatives of the medical profession.