I have a question: how can so many incidents (along the same or similar lines as the story below) be put down to mere coincidence. I can only conclude
that in my own opinion the following story is yet another of the dot to dots that follow the trail to the quickest route to privatizing the UK national health service. I am still open to an opinion as to why so many government departments have been shown to have lost so much data over recent months.
Once again another data loss incident has appeared via the media. On the BBC website this morning I read with horror the following.
NHS trusts lose confidential data
By Brian Meechan
BBC Wales political reporter
More than 150 incidents of data being lost at NHS trusts across Wales have put patient and staff details at risk.
Among the examples over a three year period, patient details from an entire children's ward in Wrexham were found on a piece of paper in a puddle.
In another revealed by BBC Wales after Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, a highly confidential child protection file was sent to the wrong address.
Health Minister Edwina Hart said she was "quite horrified" by the findings.
She said staff losing such data should be disciplined.
The cases were revealed in responses to BBC Wales to FOI requests to the trusts, which provide services through hospitals, health centres and clinics.
The North East NHS Trust reported the highest number of patients' files lost or stolen - more than 50 - but this could be explained by better reporting or a more open approach to FOI.
Its other cases included a senior nurse finding a sheet of paper lying in a puddle that had "confidential and sensitive information", including the names and diagnosis of every patient in the children's ward at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in March 2006.
Cardiff and Vale had six computers - mainly laptops - stolen between December 2005 and November 2007.
It said the computers were password protected but it was considering using encryption software for extra security.
Conwy and Denighshire also had a laptop stolen but it contained no personal data and was encrypted.
Cwm Taf was set-up in April this year, replacing Pontypridd & Rhondda.
It reported 10 incidents including patient's details being put into the wrong files or posted to the wrong address.
Confidential personal information also went missing by mail, fax and courier from Velindre NHS Trust.
This included envelopes with test results being found in the street by a passer-by and a mail bag being stolen by "a member of the public wandering within the confines of the Velindre Cancer Centre".
North West Wales NHS Trust reported 10 incidents of patient information being seen by others due to "clerical errors".
Security at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg was breached four times, including a lost ward admission book.
[FURTHER INFO CAN BE FOUND VIA THE LINK BELOW]
Date: 17th July 2008
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