Ex-nurse in data breach

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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.”

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