UK: Patient details stolen from surgery

A SAFE containing computer back-up tapes which hold personal health information about patients registered at St Pauls Surgery in Winchester was stolen during a burglary over the weekend.

A spokesman said: “We would like to reassure patients registered at the surgery that the chances of anyone being able to do anything untoward with the tapes are very small indeed.

“This is because specialised computer equipment is needed to run the tapes and the information on it is protected by a password. Anyone trying to read the information would also then need to have very advanced computer skills or access to a special computer programme to make any sense of it.”

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