Privacy Notice – Health Service Ombudsman (HSO)

1) Data Controller contact details

Frome Medical Practice
Frome Medical Centre
Enos Way
Frome
Somerset
BA11 2FH

Telephone: 01373 301301

2) Data Protection Officer contact details

Kevin Caldwell
GP Data Protection Officer
Somerset CCG
Wynford House
Lufton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA22 8HR

Telephone: 01935 384000

Email: somccg.GPDPO@nhs.net

3) Purpose of the  processing

The HSO has the power to request access to a patient’s medical records for the purposes of an investigation based on the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993, s12

4) Lawful basis for  processing

To enable the HCO to receive information concerning a patient for the purposes of an investigation, the following Article 6 and 9 conditions apply:

Article 6(1)(c) “processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject”

and;

Article 9(2)(h) “necessary for the purposes of preventative or occupational medicine for the assessment of the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services.” 

We will consider your rights established under UK case law collectively known as the “Common Law Duty of Confidentiality”*

5) Recipient or categories of recipients of the processed data

The Health Service Ombudsman (HSO).

6) Rights to object

Not applicable.

7) Right to access and correct

Not applicable.

8) Retention period

Data retained in line with HSO policies on storing identifiable data.

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 calling their helpline 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 (national rate).

Additional information

* “Common Law Duty of Confidentiality”, common law is not written out in one document like an Act of Parliament. It is a form of law based on previous court cases decided by judges; hence, it is also referred to as 'judge-made' or case law. The law is applied by reference to those previous cases, so common law is also said to be based on precedent.

The general position is that if information is given in circumstances where it is expected that a duty of confidence applies, that information cannot normally be disclosed without the information provider's consent.

In practice, this means that all patient information, whether held on paper, computer, visually or audio recorded, or held in the memory of the professional, must not normally be disclosed without the consent of the patient. It is irrelevant how old the patient is or what the state of their mental health is; the duty still applies.

Three circumstances making disclosure of confidential information lawful are:

  • where the individual to whom the information relates has consented;
  • where disclosure is in the public interest; and
  • where there is a legal duty to do so, for example a court order.