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NHS trusts are taken to task over lax treatment of personal data

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 28 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2171
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

    The UK information commissioner has written to the Department of Health to demand that action be taken over the lax treatment of personal data in the NHS.

    Between January and April this year the Information Commissioner’s Office reported 140 security breaches in the NHS, which was more than the total number from inside central government (53 breaches) and all local authorities (60 breaches) combined. Some 58 breaches in security involved stolen data or hardware, and 43 involved lost data or hardware.

    Speaking to the Independent newspaper on Monday 25 May Mick Gorrill, the assistant commissioner in charge of enforcement, said there was a “cavalier attitude” to information in the …

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