UK: 800 NHS data breaches in five years

There have been more than 800 incidents of data loss by health boards in the last five years, new figures have revealed.

They include patient notes being found in public places within NHS buildings, documents left in car parks and public transport, and personal information being sent to the wrong address.

Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats through Freedom of Information requests show that there have been 806 incidents of data loss, leaks or Data Protection Act breaches in Scotland’s health boards between 2009 and 2013.

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