Over 100,000 non-medical staff have access to patient records, a campaign group is claming.
Big Brother Watch, in its report ‘Broken Records’ claims that 101,272 non-medical personnel working in acute NHS trusts have access to records – access being defined as being able to see at least a patient’s full name, date of birth and most recent medical history.
The report claimed that hospital porters, IT staff and those in the finance departments were among the employees able to see records. No distinction was made between paper and electronic files.
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