UK: Rogue doctor accessed files for ‘unknown reasons’

Helen Puttick reports:

Seven prominent BBC journalists are among a group of patients who have been warned that their personal health records may have been inappropriately accessed by a doctor.

In a letter from NHS Fife, the patients, who include presenter Jackie Bird and Elizabeth Quigley, the reporter wife of Finance Secretary John Swinney, have been told that a doctor may have read part of their electronic medical details with no good reason, following an investigation by police.

The doctor, who has not been identified, is facing charges relating to an allegation of misuse of access to NHS electronic records.

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