NHS England shuts down controversial Care.data scheme - here were the major milestones

We track the landmarks of the scheme launched in 2013, paused in 2014, relaunched this year and then paused, again...


Update 26 August 2016: The Department of Health has confirmed that it's planning a new scheme similar to care.data – i.e. raking confidential patient information.

Earlier this year, following the National Data Guardian for Health and Care review - the Caldicott report - the Care.data scheme has been scrapped by NHS England. But George Freeman MP, who made the announcement today, insists the government is still committed to the benefits of data sharing.  

Care.data, a controversial scheme to extract individuals’ medical records from GP practices overseen by health minister Jeremy Hunt MP, relaunched this month.

The programme was originally supposed to be implemented in all GP practices by 2014, but was delayed after a botched public awareness campaign and numerous concerns from GP, privacy and patient groups.

Here’s an overview of progress on the troubled scheme so far…