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NHS accidentally disclosed 150,000 patients personal data

The NHS has blamed a coding error for the data breach affecting the personal data of 150,000 patients in England.  Those affected were patients that had previously requested their personal confidential health data only be used to help provide them with care.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) have been notified and are “making inquiries.”

There appears to have been an issue with the software used by GPs to record objections to that same data being used for research and auditing purposes. The application involved, ‘SystmOne’ then never passed on the the request to NHS England’s IT provider.

 

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The developer of the software has apologised for the fault, and NHS digital have said they will write to all patients involved as well as their GPs.

Junior Health Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price released a statement to parliament stating “There is not, and has never been, any risk to patient care as a result of this error.”

She also added that the introduction of a new service that allows individuals to restrict use of their health data without having to involve the GP – will prevent such failures occurring again.