NHS breaches data laws 'six times a day'
David Barrett reports:
Confidential patient records are being lost and inappropriately shared by the NHS an average of six times a day, according to new research.
A survey of NHS trusts across Britain by a privacy campaign group found there had been 7,255 breaches of data protection rules in three years, including at least 50 cases of information being posted on social media.
There were also at least 143 cases when patients’ private records were accessed in appropriately by NHS staff for “personal reasons”.
Big Brother Watch, the civil liberties and privacy group which obtained the details using freedom of information laws, said penalties need to be toughened to force the NHS to improve.