The U.K. National Health Service announced it will move back the start date of a controversial patient data sharing program from July 1 to Sept. 1, Financial Times reports. NHS is planning to open third-party access to data belonging to more than 55 million patients at U.K. general practices for research purposes. House of Lords Junior Health Minister James Bethell said delaying the launch will "strengthen the plan" and "ensure that the data is accessed securely." NHS Digital Chief Executive Simon Bolton added, "We take our responsibility to safeguard the data we hold incredibly seriously."
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