UK: Nurse who illegally accessed patient records is struck off

Antony Gedge reports:

A former Hywel Dda Health Board nurse who illegally accessed thousands of patient records has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Elaine Anne Lewis, who worked at Glangwili Hospital, was fined by Llanelli magistrates after she admitted the data breaches that saw her access confidential records of over 3,000 patients across the health board area between July 2013 and September 2015.

She has now been struck off by a fitness to practice committee of the NMC after the committee ruled that the data breach and other allegations of misconduct were a “serious departure from the standards of conduct and ethics to be expected of a registered nurse”.

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I wish these disciplinary actions were prompt instead of being years later, even though I do appreciate the need for due process. This breach was discovered in the summer of 2016, and the court case was in March of 2017. Why did it take until now for her to be struck off the register?

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