European Data Protection Digest

Undertaking Signed After Loss of Patient Records

DATA LOSS—UK

October 22, 2010

A doctor's mistake in leaving diagnostic information about 56 patients on a train on his way home from work has resulted in changes at North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, ComputerWeekly reports. The documents were recovered by London Transport when the doctor realised he had lost them, the report states, and the trust reported the breach to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). NHS Trust CEO Fiona Wise has signed a formal undertaking to ensure that personal data is processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act, agreeing to use pseudonyms to prevent patient names from being revealed on printouts.
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