UK: Hospital patients' details lost or stolen 1,000 times in three years
Sophie Goodchild reports:
London hospitals were responsible for nearly 1,000 cases involving the theft or loss of confidential patient details over the past three years, figures show today.
They include medical notes left in a bin near a busy ward, the theft of a doctor’s laptop containing patient names and addresses and the loss of a memory stick.
Barnet has the worst record with nearly 187 breaches from 2008 to last year. Chelsea and Westminster foundation trust, Camden and Islington, and Barking, Havering and Redbridge also had a high number of incidents.
It comes days after it was revealed that the Met is investigating the theft of a laptop containing the records of more than eight million patients.
Read more on London Evening Standard. Although the headline is certainly attention-grabbing, it seems that many of the incidents are not big incidents at all and are the kind of thing we would never even hear about here in the media (although it might be reported to HHS under its reporting requirements).