Guid­ance given to NHS

Evening Express (City Final) - - News -

A HEALTH board has been is­sued with guid­ance fol­low­ing a data breach. The Evening Ex­press re­ported last month that the de­tails of al­most 100 pa­tients’ hos­pi­tal stays were ex­posed af­ter pa­pers were dumped in a city bin. The con­fi­den­tial han­dover notes were dis­cov­ered by a mem­ber of the pub­lic out­side their home. NHS Grampian re­ported it­self to the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice for the breach and the reg­u­la­tor to­day said it has is­sued guid­ance to the board. An ICO spokeswoman said: “The case in­volv­ing NHS Grampian has been closed, with ad­vice pro­vided to the data con­troller on how to im­prove its data pro­tec­tion prac­tices. “Any­body with con­cerns about how their per­sonal data has been han­dled is free to make a com­plaint to the ICO.” A spokeswoman for NHS Grampian said: “We can con­firm guid­ance on this mat­ter has been re­ceived. “We would re­as­sure the pub­lic we take data se­cu­rity very se­ri­ously. All staff have been re­minded of their re­spon­si­bil­ity when it comes to han­dling con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion.”

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