European Data Protection Digest

NHS Scotland Improves Patient Data Protection Policies

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

March 12, 2010

Following an internal review of its handling of patient health records, Scotland's National Health Service has developed recommendations on how to improve data protection policies. The December 2009 review came after a patient's records were sent to the wrong doctor without her knowledge, removing her from a list of candidates for cervical cancer screening tests. The review found that NHS Scotland's rules regarding medical record transfers may not meet data protection laws. The recommendations call for the creation of a formal agreement on data protection responsibilities for general practitioners and a public awareness campaign, BBC News reports.  
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