Cheshire news Police given details of people told to isolate by Test and Trace MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Contact details will be shared with forces in cases where people are refusing to self-isolate
Breaking News ! Police were given access to details of those who have been told to self isolate by the NHS Test and Trace. It emerged on Saturday night that forces across the country will be able to see data collected by the new system. The access was granted to allow officers to enforce action according to guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The Liverpool ECHO reports that the guidance, updated yesterday, now states: "If there is evidence to suggest you are not complying with the duty to self-isolate without reasonable justification, your local authority may pass this information on to local police forces to investigate further. "This may lead to enforcement action being taken against you which could include you being fined. "A police force may request information relating to positive COVID-19 tests from the NHS Test & Trace programme directly, where they are investigating a report of someone who may not be complying with the mandatory self-isolation period." How to sign up to the free CheshireLive newsletter Did you know we offer a free email newsletter service? Each CheshireLive bulletin delivers the latest breaking news, what's on events and the hottest talking points straight to your inbox. For more information about how - and why - to subscribe, click here. The Health Service Journal (HSJ) reported that the move had alarmed some senior health officials, including the office of the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty which had "significant reservations." According to the HSJ, some fear the move would discourage people from getting tested or downloading the Track and Trace app.
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The Government said safeguards were in place to ensure data was shared lawfully. A spokesman for the DHSC said: "It is a legal requirement for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and their close contacts to self-isolate when formally notified to do so. See how coronavirus has affected your area by entering your postcode below
"The Department of Health and Social Care has agreed a memorandum of understanding with the National Police Chiefs Council to enable police forces to have access on a case-by-case basis to information that enables them to know if a specific individual has been notified to self-isolate. "The memorandum of understanding ensures that information is shared with appropriate safeguards and in accordance with the law. No testing or health data is shared in this process." A National Police Chiefs' Council spokesperson said: "Policing continues to play its part in helping limit the spread of Coronavirus. "We will continue to encourage voluntary compliance but will enforce regulations and issue FPNs (fixed penalty notices) where appropriate and necessary. Where people fail to self-isolate and refuse to comply officers can issue FPNs and direct people to return to self-isolation. "Officers will engage with individuals to establish their circumstances, using their discretion wherever it is reasonable to do so."
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