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CQC to reveal NHS cover up names

England’s NHS regulator will name some officials accused of covering up a failure to investigate deaths of babies at a Cumbria hospital.Pressure is mounting on the Care Quality Commission to name managers who apparently blocked publication of a critical report. The Information Commissioner said the Data Protection Act does not overide public interest in releasing […]

Personal health data security threat by eu

Doctors leaders warn that EU data protection rules could put existing patient personal health confidentiality safeguards at risk.EC (European Commission) draft proposals on the processing and free movement of personal information suggest identifiable health data could be used for research without patient consent, the BMA says. BMA director of professional activities Vivienne Nathanson’s written evidence […]

Data breaches rocket over the last few years

Data breaches in the UK have increased ten fold in the past five years- figures from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) reveal.In local government the increase was a shocking 1,609% and within the NHS 935%. More than 100 health records – almost half of them in NHS Grampian – went missing in Scotland in 2011. […]

Medical and social security records being stored unlawfully and inappropriately accessed

Medical and social security records kept by public bodies are being unlawfully or inappropriately accessed dozens of times a month and hundreds of civil servants disciplined for data offences, according to Government records.Staff at the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) are being reprimanded at a rate of nearly five per day for breach of […]

Controversial NHS medical records database is to be open to all

The controversial NHS medical records database system would allow patients to check their medical documents online and raise any inaccuracies or problems with their doctor, however concerns have been raised over the security.The announcement was buried in documents released with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement ahead of the results of a public consultation due to be […]

Nurses discuss ill patients on Facebook

NHS staff are putting patient confidentiality at risk by sharing information about them on Facebook new research has revealed.Private records belonging to ill and vulnerable patients were breached more than 800 times over the last five years by nurses, doctors and administrative staff at 152 NHS trusts and hospitals. Nearly half said there had been […]

NHS misleads patients over sharing medical records with drug firms

A new NHS computer system that will share the medical history of millions of patients with drug companies without proper consent is under attack from privacy experts, who say it is misleading, risky and potentially illegal. The system, the Secondary Uses Service (SUS), is part of the NHS’s troubled National Programme for IT (NPfIT), and […]

NHS uses babies’ blood DNA for secret database

NHS hospitals have quietly created banks of DNA from blood taken from millions of newborn babies without the proper consent of their parents.Freedom of information (FOI) requests to hospitals around Britain have established that the blood samples, taken in heel-prick tests to screen for serious conditions, have been privately stored by parts of the NHS […]

NHS sends your confidential patient records to India

The NHS is sending millions of patient records and confidential medical notes to India for processing — despite a pledge by Labour that personal information would not be sent overseas. It is the first time that databases of names, addresses and NHS numbers of patients have been sent abroad, along with private information about medical […]

NHS worst for data breaches says Information Commissioner

The NHS reported the highest number of serious data breaches of any UK organisation since the end of 2007, the Information Commissioner’s Office says. David Smith, deputy commissioner at the ICO told the Infosec security conference the NHS had highlighted 287 breaches to it in the period. That accounts for more than 30% of the […]