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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > 800 Patient Records Leaked from UK Healthcare System

800 Patient Records Leaked from UK Healthcare System

800 Patient Records Leaked from UK Healthcare System

Added: Monday, October 10th, 2011
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A National Health System trust keeps making mistakes: now it managed to lose 800 confidential patient records on an unencrypted memory stick. The patient records were lost by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust more than a year ago. It turned out that the details were stored on an unencrypted memory stick. Worse still, the 800 affected patients were never told about the incident. Leaked information included full names, dates of birth and even operation details.


Despite the fact that the Trust explained that personnel responsible for the loss had faced disciplinary hearings and had already had further training, it still gives credence to a point about human mistake. Regardless of whether legislation is there or not to insist on encrypted, everyone understands that secure hardware is a standard. Indeed, it only takes one chink in the armor to cause a disaster like this.

The outfit representatives span the usual line, but failed to explain why their patients were not told about what happened. They only pointed out that they took the confidentiality of patient data very seriously, and admitted that all staff should have always used encrypted memory sticks to transfer patient information. The outfit expressed a regret that this didn’t happen on that occasion and confirmed that the responsible member of staff had already been taken through the outfit’s disciplinary procedures and had later received further training.

This wasn’t the only case with information being mishandled or lost. However, it usually was later found – this was even mentioned in the annual 2010/2011 report. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for privacy advocates pointed out that the whole fiasco is rather telling of the mindset at the NHS. They claimed that this was yet another blatant example of the National Health System failing to grasp the importance of private information protection. It seems that the security measures and training employed at the outfit were clearly inadequate. Worse still, failing to inform the suffered patients of this information leak was irresponsible and unacceptable at the first place. They also agree that the healthcare outfit appears not caring about the deeply personal data, as breaches of information protection in the NHS happen too often than anywhere else.

October 10th,2011

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Date:  Monday, October 10th, 2011

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-10-10 09:14:32)
No avatarhappen here 2 i for one cant understand how this can happen well ofc its easy to understand retard ppl who are careless but still should not happen.i have meself recive letter not beloning to me about health loan ect

posted by (2011-10-10 12:25:41)
DEMONLORD avatarwhy would a person carry health records on a USB stick to start with

posted by (2011-10-10 15:46:20)
kingtiger01 avatarNo one should be transferring Medical Records on any sort of Portable Storage Device. Even if its encrypted, no Encryption to date is Undefeatable.

This was all just plain Stupid. They should face fines just for allowing patient data to be stored on any such medium...

posted by Turtle (2011-10-10 18:28:13)
D4T4 avatarThis is nothing compared to the 1087 laptops lost by or stolen from the Ministry of Defence in the last 8 years. Imagine how much info that is!

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