George Freeman urges integration of care and NHS patient data

George Freeman questions the Health Secretary on steps being taken by the Department for Health to ensure integration of data between the care sector and the NHS.

George Freeman (Mid Norfolk) (Con): I congratulate Ministers on the reforms to open data and transparency, which have been a powerful catalyst for accountability and improvement in the health service—in particular, the reforms. The Minister will be aware of my ten-minute rule Bill on the subject. Will he give us some assurance on the steps that the Department is taking to ensure the integration of data between the care and the NHS sector?

Dr Poulter: I can reassure my hon. Friend that the absolute heart of what we are doing on joining up data is ensuring that we better join up data and promote integration. Some of that will come from the £3.8 billion we are providing for more joined-up and integrated care between health and social care as part of our integrated care fund, or better care fund as it is now termed?

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