European Data Protection Digest

NHS Staffers Disciplined for Social Media Use

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

November 11, 2011

The Guardian reports on disciplinary action taken against NHS Trust staffers for improper use of social media. According to data released in response to Freedom of Information requests, 16 trusts took 72 actions against staffers from 2008 through this October. A number of trusts have responded to the misuse by restricting Internet access at work, but the British Medical Association and the Nursing and Midwifery Council say healthcare professionals should be aware of how to properly use social media. The Department of Health says it has released recommendations but it is up to individual entities to enforce policies.
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