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a GDPR imageMarch 26 2018

Health organisations are asking that small NHS contractors be exempted from appointing a data protection officer (DPO), required under the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation.

PSNC, the National Pharmacy Association, the British Dental Association and the Optical Confederation have joined together in the call with an open letter to government outlining their concerns.

“The principle concern is that the draft Bill currently deems all primary care providers to be ‘public authorities’, which means they must appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO),” said PSNC.

“This is despite the GDPR only requiring a DPO if an organisation processes healthcare data ‘on a large scale’. PSNC considers the requirement for a DPO to be inappropriate for smaller pharmacy businesses, where the costs of engaging a DPO are likely to be disproportionate to the benefits.”

PSNC Director of Operations and Support, Gordon Hockey, added: “GDPR and the accompanying Data Protection Bill bring a fresh approach to data protection; but we must avoid a quirk of legislation leading to unnecessary expense for community pharmacy.”

He said it is reasonable to ask those processing health data on a large-scale to have a DPO, but not smaller community pharmacies. “This burden would also come at a time when many pharmacy owners are experiencing cost pressures following funding cuts and increases in medicine prices. We will therefore continue to lobby for smaller pharmacies to be able to avoid this requirement, with the support of representatives of other primary care contractors.”

The GDPR comes into effect from May 25.

Links:
PSNC statement          
Joint letter      

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