Ex-nurse in data breach
A FORMER nurse at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been prosecuted for accessing medical records without authorisation.
Clare Lawson, who had been a staff nurse on the hospital’s rehabilitation ward since October, 2011, had accessed patients’ records outside her role.
Bootle magistrates heard that she accessed the records – including maternity and paediatric records – of five patients, 17 times.
She also accessed a further 109 records of 18 patients, one a child, between 2014 and 2016.
It was also heard that Lawson obtained some records numerous times, including the blood results of a friend 44 times after they had been discharged, as well as foetal scans of another patient.
She was dismissed in September last year for gross misconduct and referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Lawson, of Southport, appeared in court on September 24 and admitted unlawfully obtaining and disclosing personal data, in breach of s55 of the Data Protection Act 1998.
She was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £364.08 and a victim surcharge of £40.
ICO director of investigations, Steve Eckersley, said: ”This abuse of a position of trust has caused significant distress to a number of people.
“The laws on data protection are there for a reason and people have the right to know their highly sensitive personal information will be treated with appropriate privacy and respect.”