UK Liberty

Nothing to hide

Posted in database state, privacy by ukliberty on March 19, 2008

Tony Collins at Computer Weekly:

Details have emerged of an incident last year in which the electronic medical records of former England football manager Sir Bobby Robson were viewed illicitly by NHS staff when he went into hospital.

He needed surgery in August 2006 for a brain tumour. He was treated by Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

An internal hospital memo, leaked to the Chronicle newspaper in Newcastle, said:

“Over the last few weeks the ongoing security reports relating to the access by staff to the PAS (patient administration system) system and to the Casenote Tracker module has identified inappropriate access which has resulted in a formal disciplinary investigation and written warnings being issued to a number of trust staff who have accessed patients’ information for no other reason than personal curiosity.”

Again, let’s not pretend that staff will never abuse their access.

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