UK: Patient information stolen from Dorset HealthCare employee’s car

Josh Wright reports:

The loss of medical information relating to as many as 50 patients has sparked fears about the security of people’s private records.

Personal details belonging to between 11 and 50 patients of the trust which were kept on a notepad were stolen along with a laptop belonging to a Poole-based employee of Dorset HealthCare Trust.

The theft, which took place in February, was made public at the meeting of the trust’s board last week and has been reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

The trust said that the laptop had been “fully encrypted” but that the device and notebook had still not been recovered.

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