Public health encompasses everything from national smoking and alcohol policies, the management of epidemics such as flu, the control of large scale infections such as TB and Hepatitis B to local outbreaks of food poisoning or Measles. Certain illnesses are also notifiable; the doctors treating the patient are required by law to inform the Public Health Authorities, for instance Scarlet Fever.
This will necessarily mean the subjects personal and health information being shared with the Public Health organisations.
Some of the relevant legislation includes: the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/659), the Health Protection (Local Authority Powers) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/657), the Health Protection (Part 2A Orders) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/658), Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1988 and The Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002
We are required by Articles in the General Data Protection Regulations to provide you with the information in the following 9 subsections.
|1) Controller contact details
Dr Sean Kennedy
131 Cumbernauld Road, Stepps, G33 6EY 0141 779 4445
2) Data Protection Officer contact details
Mrs Michelle Nobes
Information Governance Manager, DPO
Bothwell, G71 8BB
|3) Purpose of the processing
||There are occasions when medical data needs to be shared with NHS Scotland, Public Health Department, the Health Protection Agency, or other appropriate public health agencies, either under a legal obligation or for reasons of public interest
|4) Lawful basis for processing
The legal basis will be
Article 6(1)(c) “processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject.”
Article 9(2)(i) “processing is necessary for reasons of public interest in the area of public health, such as protecting against serious cross-border threats to health or ensuring high standards of quality and safety of health care and of medicinal products or medical devices,..”
|5) Recipient or categories of recipients of the processed data
The recipient of the data will be the Public Health Department
|6) Rights to object
||You have the right to object to some or all of the information being shared with the recipients. Contact the Data Controller or the practice
|7) Right to access and correct
||You have the right to access any identifiable data that is being shared and have any inaccuracies corrected
|8) Retention period
||The data will be retained for the period as specified in the specific research protocol(s).
|9) Right to Complain
You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office, you can use this link https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/
or call their helpline Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 (national rate)
The Information Commissioner’s National Offices for Scotland is at
45 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7HL 0303 123 1115
Personal Health Information