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Legal basis for provision of data
NHS Digital has been directed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care under section 254 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (2012 Act) to establish and operate a system for the collection, analysis and dissemination of data for COVID-19 purposes under the COVID-19 Public Health Directions 2020 (COVID-19 Direction). All GP Practices in England are legally required to share data with NHS Digital for this purpose under section 259(1)(a) of the 2012 Act. Data includes