European Data Protection Digest

ICO Investigating NHS Birmingham Breach

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

November 12, 2010

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is investigating the Birmingham Primary Care Shared Services Agency after learning that patient and staff data were exposed, reports the Birmingham Post. Jonathan Tringham, director of resources at NHS Birmingham East and North, said, "Documents with patient identifiable data were potentially available to staff across the three trusts. At no point were patient records accessed inappropriately." The agency is working through plans and assessing the cost of rectifying the situation, Tringham said. If the commissioner finds the agency in breach of the Data Protection Act, it could face fines of up to £500,000.
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