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Responses to letter from the Chair on Memorandum of Understanding published

28 February 2018

The Committee has published replies from NHS Digital and from Ministers in the Home Office and the Department of Health and Social Care to the Chair’s letter requesting that NHS Digital withdraw from a memorandum of understanding with the Home Office that allows for the sharing of patients’ addresses for immigration tracing purposes.

On 29 January 2018, following an oral evidence session on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on processing information requests from the Home Office to NHS Digital for tracing immigration offenders, the Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee wrote to Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive of NHS Digital,  requesting that NHS Digital immediately withdraw from a memorandum of understanding with the Home Office that allows for the sharing of patients’ addresses for immigration tracing purposes. The response received from NHS Digital is now published, along with a joint  letter from the Home Office and the Department of Health and Social Care.

In light of the responses received, the Committee has decided to hold a further evidence session. Details of the session will be announced in due course.

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