ICO: Too Many NHS Breaches
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UKJune 15, 2010
The Information Commissioner's Office has expressed concern about the prevalence of data breaches involving NHS organizations. A quarter of all data breaches reported to the ICO involve the NHS, according to an ICO press release, and two more NHS bodies have promised to increase data security after recent losses of patient data. "Everyone makes mistakes," said ICO Head of Enforcement Mick Gorrill, "but regrettably there are far too many within the NHS." Gorrill added that "Health bodies must implement the appropriate procedures when storing and transferring patients' sensitive personal information." The chief executives of NHS Stoke-on-Trent and Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Trust have signed formal undertakings with the ICO for recent losses.