UK: £650 fine for former nurse who snooped in patients’ records

There’s an update to a breach first noted in July 2016. The Milford Mercury reports that the nurse, who was sacked after ‘inappropriately accessing’ more than 3,000 patient files over a two-year period, has admitted breaching the Data Protection Act.

Sixty-three-year-old Elaine Lewis, from Llansteffan, appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court today (Friday, March 3).

She admitted obtaining personal data without permission between July 8, 2013, and September 2, 2015 – breaching sections 55 and 60 of the Act.

Lewis was based at Glangwili Hospital, in Carmarthen, but accessed the records of patients from across the health board region, including Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

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