UK: Medical records of 7,000 patients stolen in GP break-in

Alison Anderson reports:

A computer databank with personal information of thousands of patients is missing after a break-in at a doctors’ surgery.

The hard drive and computer backup tapes containing names, details of illnesses, medical histories and referral letters of more than 7,000 patients in Hackney were taken in a break-in at Clapton’s Nightingale Practice.

The information stored on the hard drive was not encrypted and could potentially be accessed.

The tapes were locked in a safe kept in a locked cupboard in the manager’s locked office which had been broken into at the practice in Kenninghall Road.

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