Data Protection and the UK Health Services

Do you feel your data is “safe in their hands”? You have the right to opt out… On the whole NHS choices is right: Better information means better care, but this assumes good clinical governance and security.. An opt out form is available from medConfidential. Give it to your GP if you don’t fancy your information being shared.

BBC News reported 14th November: NHS has repeated data breaches

whilst James Dean in The Times 14th November reports: NHS breaks data privacy laws six times a day

NHS organisations mishandle private information about patients and staff six times a day on average, figures obtained by privacy campaigners show.

A report published today by Big Brother Watch also found that NHS staff posted private information on social media at least 50 times between 2011 and 2014. There were 7,255 breaches of data protection laws by NHS organisations over the three-year period, a ninefold increase from the last report, which covered 2008 to 2011.

The group called for custodial sentences to be introduced to punish the most serious breaches of the Data Protection Act, adding that: “The information held about patients is among the most personal and private information that it’s possible to record.”

Big Brother Watch said that the act was flawed. “In its current format the act does nothing to discourage those who are seriously considering breaking data protection legislation.”

Yesterday, a pharmacist was fined £1,000 for unlawfully accessing the medical records of colleagues, family members and local health workers.

Big Brother Watch sent freedom of information requests to all NHS trusts and bodies in April this year, requesting figures on data breaches, and 92 per cent responded.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

3 thoughts on “Data Protection and the UK Health Services

  1. sharon wilson

    I will be taking a libel case against the perpetrator head primary care nhs england shocking malice and a victim
    pam brompton pharmacist york press.
    Advised interim injunction.
    Many unlawful drugging sectioning york.
    York trust witheld records 6 years concealed prima facie used bullying police to issue harrassment warning
    mike proctor york trust.sent abusive letters link ex ceo jim easton care uk. Ignore legal framework of complaints dont use lawyers use runaway jury no justice.poor doctors nurses victims too.vicious mobbing.i suspect patrick crowley never paid tax 30.000
    Payrise.why didnt police investigate andrew lansley doh staff paying wages to private sector to avoid tax?which he
    apologised?can the bma take urgent action jeremy hunt perverting justice
    ignoring peima facie evidence ignoring
    francis inquiry york trust

  2. sharon wilson

    The mob rule culture doh nhs england is
    tarnishing the medical world no professionalsim competance.reckless
    conduct .cloverleaf requires investigation
    leedsyorkpartnership york trust.
    Persistently obstructed for years by
    Dr Geddes.Monitor breaching its legal duty as indeed cqc whos inspector once again re;york trust misreporting xrays ect rings back

  3. sharon wilson

    Dr Geddes is always breaching confidentiality.fails to comply with any legal moral or ethics of medicine.ignores competant medical opinion.instructs i be moved round practices every 7 days to obstruct care and the doh ignore.65 cost per allocation.going on 10 years some were longer.patricia hamilton nhs its policy
    made up by Dr Geddes what is the bma opinion ? Persecution and obsessession


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