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NHS Employee Pleads Guilty to Viewing Files

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

September 16, 2010

An NHS IT manager has admitted to illegally accessing the medical records of patients, including his friends and family, This is Hull and East Riding reports. The 22-year-old male pleaded guilty to seven counts of breaching the Computer Misuse Act 1990 for accessing the files 431 times without authority, the report states. He will be sentenced next month. A spokesman for NHS Hull called the defendant's actions a serious breach of trust. "We welcome the fact a successful criminal prosecution has been brought and that a custodial sentence is being considered. It sends out a powerful message to NHS staff and the healthcare community about the importance of data protection."
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