IE: Red faces as health records dumped in North

Ciaran Byrne reports:

The Data Protection Commissioner confirmed last night that medical notes found dumped in the North clearly identify 16 Irish hospital patients.

An investigation has been launched into how the sensitive notes came to be dumped in a laneway in Co Derry.

The Data Protection Commissioner said the notes identify the people involved including a pregnant woman and that the HSE has been asked for an urgent report.

The medical files belonging to the 16 patients being treated at Letterkenny General Hospital were found dumped in an alley by a Derry pensioner.

Containing names, hospital numbers and details of the patients’ ailments, the notes were dumped in Gartan Square in the Bogside area of the city.


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