Doc­tors ‘hacked into Sir Alex’s med­i­cal records’ as he lay ill

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Paul Drury

THREE doc­tors al­legedly hacked into Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’s med­i­cal records while he was fight­ing for life in hos­pi­tal.

The medics – one of them a se­nior con­sul­tant – are now un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion amid claims they il­le­gally ac­cessed the Scot’s con­fi­den­tial notes out of cu­rios­ity.

Two nurses are also be­ing looked at as part of the in­quiry.

Glas­gow-born Sir Alex, 76, needed emer­gency brain surgery in May.

In July, af­ter his re­lease from hos­pi­tal, the foot­ball leg­end praised the med­i­cal staff who had al­most cer­tainly saved his life.

But it was re­ported last night that Sal­ford Royal Hos­pi­tal had con­tacted the for­mer Man­ches­ter United and Aberdeen man­ager and ‘apol­o­gised un­re­servedly to the pa­tient and their fam­ily’ for the se­cu­rity breach.

Con­cerns were raised dur­ing a com­puter sys­tem au­dit at Sal­ford Royal.

Dr Chris Brookes, chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer for the North­ern Care Al­liance NHS Group, which runs the hos­pi­tal, said: ‘In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing to de­ter­mine if the in­di­vid­u­als have ac­cessed a pa­tient’s record elec­tron­i­cally with­out a clin­i­cal re­quire­ment or au­tho­ri­sa­tion to do so.’

Po­lice are not be­lieved to be in­volved but if the al­le­ga­tions are proven, the med­i­cal staff would be in breach of pa­tient con­fi­den­tial­ity and data pro­tec­tion laws and could be struck off.

Sir Alex, who watched his old club draw 2-2 with Southamp­ton yes­ter­day, left hos­pi­tal in June. In a video mes­sage thank­ing med­i­cal staff, he said: ‘Be­lieve me, with­out those peo­ple who gave me such great care, I would not be sit­ting here to­day.’

He told MUTV: ‘It’s been a long jour­ney and I’m grad­u­ally mak­ing steps for­ward, do­ing what my son tells me and what the doc­tors tell me, so, yeah, I’m feel­ing re­ally good.’

Asked about the mes­sages of sup­port he had re­ceived, Sir Alex said: ‘It was un­be­liev­able. There were thou­sands of cards... the num­ber of emails, texts and per­sonal cards to the house, it was just amaz­ing.’

IN­QUIRY: Sir Alex Fer­gu­son has re­ceived an apol­ogy

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