UK: Trusts fail to act on patient data loss

Steve Nowottny reports:

NHS bosses are repeatedly failing to take action against staff who lose personal records, breach patient confidentiality or access patient records without authorisation, a Pulse investigation reveals.

Findings obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from 47 PCTs, hospital trusts and NHS authorities show little or no action is being taken in the wake of dozens of security blunders.

The survey of trusts reveals there have been 188 reports of staff breaching data privacy rules or accessing patient data without authorisation since January 2007, and 75 reports of lost data.

Full story – Pulse

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