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Privacy Breach – NHS in contravention of Data Protection – Big Brother Watch



Research conducted by Big Brother Watch reveals that there are at least 100,000 non-medical personnel in NHS Trusts across the country with access to confidential medical records

Broken Records is an analysis of the status of confidential medical records in the UK, the security around access to sensitive personal information and how the Government’s NPfIT and Conservative private sector proposals could change the current situation. Our research reveals that there are at least 101,272 non-medical personnel – including IT staff and even hospital porters – working in NHS Acute Trusts in Britain that have access to confidential medical records. The NHS is therefore in direct contravention of the European Court of Human Rights, whose 2008 judgement ‘I v. Finland’ established a legal duty to restrict medical records only to those directly involved in personal care.

To read the full report ‘Broken Records’, with a complete list of the number of non-medical personnel with access to private records, click here.

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