UK:Patient records stolen – but patients not told
Nick Spoors of Northampton Chronicle reports:
The personal information of up to 100 Northampton NHS patients was lost after a community nurse’s motorbike was stolen – but the patients were never told, it has been revealed.
According to NHS Northamptonshire board papers released this week, the GP surgery-based nurse was visiting a home in Park Drive, Kings Heath, Northampton, when the loss happened.
She was travelling by motorbike so had stored a diary containing patients’ names and addresses in the seat of the bike, which was then stolen.[…]
NHS Northamptonshire yesterday declined to reveal which GP surgery the nurse worked for.
But it did admit the loss, which happened in October 2008, was recorded as a Level 3 “serious untoward incident” on the NHS scale, which means between 20 and 100 patients were affected.