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E-HEALTH POLICIES AND CONTRACTING PATIENT DATA OUT TO THIRD PARTIES
Labour: says the NHS could no longer function without the National Programme for IT (NPfIT); promises to cut the costs of the programme.
Conservatives: want patients to have greater control over their records.
Liberal Democrats: did not answer this question.
Green Party: wants patients to have access to own records; supports use of telemedicine; sees contracting-out patient data to third parties as unnecessarily risky.
Pirate Party UK: supports a national NHS database if correctly implemented; supports the contracting-out of data by individual hospitals, as long as it is secure and patients give consent.
UKIP: opposes the NHS Spine on the basis of patient privacy.
BNP: strongly opposes the contracting-out of data to third parties; supports NPfIT but wants a review of it.
SNP: is very keen on the use of e-health in remote and rural areas; opposes the contracting-out of patient data to third parties.
Plaid Cymru: has no specific e-health policy.