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.
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.