Assisted suicide: GMC signals doctors safe to provide medical records to Dignitas patients – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 1st, 2013 in assisted suicide, doctors, medical records, news, professional conduct by tracey

“Doctors will be able to provide medical records to patients who want them to
travel abroad for an assisted suicide without being struck off, new guidelines
make clear for the first time.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st February 2013


From base pairs to the bedside: medical confidentiality in a changing world – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 14th, 2012 in confidentiality, data protection, human rights, medical records, news, privacy by tracey

“This week David Cameron announced plans to introduce whole genome mapping for cancer patients and those with rare diseases within the NHS.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th December 2012

Royal hoax call could be an ‘offence under UK law’ – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2012 in data protection, disclosure, medical records, news, telecommunications by sally

“The Australian radio DJs who made the hoax call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness could have committed an offence under UK law, a leading barrister has said.”

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The Guardian, 10th December 2012


Spencer v General Osteopathic Council – WLR Daily

Spencer v General Osteopathic Council [2012] EWHC 3147 (Admin); [2012] WLR (D) 314

“The natural meaning of the language in the Osteopaths Act 1993 pointed to a threshold for the finding of ‘unacceptable professional conduct’ which there was no reason to distinguish from ‘misconduct’ in medical and dental legislation.”

WLR Daily, 8th November 2012


ICO’s ‘pragmatic’ view of outsourcing rules on sensitive personal data processing may be without legal basis, claim experts –

Posted September 14th, 2012 in consent, data protection, medical records, news by tracey

“The view of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that businesses do not require individuals’ ‘explicit consent’ in order to contract others to process their sensitive personal data is in contrast with the wording of data protection law, according to two experts.”

Full story, 14th September 2012


Inaccurate records costs NHS body £60,000 for sensitive data breach –

Posted July 13th, 2012 in data protection, fines, hospitals, medical records, news by sally

“A health body has been fined £60,000 after two letters containing ‘confidential and highly sensitive personal data’ about a ‘vulnerable individual’ were sent to the wrong address.”

Full story, 13th July 2012


Google to be investigated over data cover-up claims – The Guardian

“Google is facing increasing pressure after the information commissioner launched an investigation into claims that it orchestrated a cover-up of its capture of emails, passwords and medical records of people in the UK.”

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The Guardian, 12th June 2012


Aneurin Bevan Health Board fined £70,000 over data breach – BBC News

Posted April 30th, 2012 in data protection, disclosure, fines, medical records, news, privacy by sally

“A Welsh health board has become the first NHS body to be fined for breaching the Data Protection Act after it released sensitive data about a patient to the wrong person.”

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BBC News, 30th April 2012


Department for Education v Molyneux – WLR daily

Posted March 1st, 2012 in appeals, evidence, law reports, medical records, pensions, teachers by tracey

Department for Education v Molyneux: [2012] EWCA Civ 193;  [2012] WLR (D)  50

“Regulations E33(2A) and E33(3) of the Teachers’ Pensions Regulations 1997, as amended, did not impose an obligation on the Secretary of State, when considering an application by a teacher for an early pension due to ill-health, made pursuant to regulation E4(4), to request further information from the teacher where the submitted medical evidence did not disclose the incapacity to the degree required but, rather, imposed an obligation on the teacher to produce all necessary medical evidence, with the Secretary of State holding a supplementary power to exercise as he thought fit.”

WLR Daily, 28th February 2012


Missing British boy’s family given new hope with DNA victory – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 19th, 2011 in data protection, DNA, human tissue, medical records, missing persons, news by tracey

“The family of a British toddler who went missing 20 years ago have won a High Court battle to have his DNA released in a new attempt to trace him.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2011


Unlawful accessing of medical records leads to hospital’s compensation payout –

Posted December 6th, 2011 in compensation, data protection, hospitals, medical records, news by sally

“An NHS Trust has been ordered to pay a man £12,500 in compensation for breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA) after a nurse unlawfully accessed a man’s medical records, Plymouth County Court has ruled.”

Full story, 5th December 2011


In re an application by the General Dental Council (Savery and others, interested parties) – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2011 in dentists, disclosure, law reports, medical records, professional conduct by tracey

In re an application by the General Dental Council (Savery and others, interested parties):[2011] EWHC 3011 (Admin);  [2011] WLR (D)  332

“The General Dental Council was under no obligation to obtain an order of the court for permission to use and disclose dental records of patients for the purposes of investigating allegations of professional misconduct against a registered dentist even where the patients in question objected to the disclosure or did not consent to it.”

WLR Daily, 16th November 2011


Tougher penalties planned for NHS data losses – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2011 in data protection, hospitals, medical records, penalties by tracey

“Information commissioner Christopher Graham says fines of up to £500,000 could be imposed for Data Protection Act breaches.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2011


Dr Kelly wounds ‘typical of self-inflicted injury’ – The Independent

Posted October 22nd, 2010 in disclosure, inquests, medical records, news, suicide by sally

“Wounds to the body of weapons inspector David Kelly were ‘typical of self-inflicted injury’, according to previously secret medical documents released today.  Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said he was publishing the documents on how Dr Kelly died ‘in the interests of maintaining public confidence in the inquiry into how Dr Kelly came by his death’. Lord Hutton, who conducted the inquiry into Dr Kelly’s death, ruled that the report should remain secret for 70 years, but there were a number of calls for another examination of the case.”

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The Independent, 22nd October 2010


Rape victim not allowed to know truth about adopted child – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 21st, 2010 in adoption, confidentiality, DNA, medical records, news, rape, victims by sally

“A rape victim who gave her baby away 20 years ago because she could not be sure if the child was her husband’s cannot now find out the truth because of adoption rules, a court has heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th October 2010


Hutton inquiry closed David Kelly medical reports for 70 years – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2010 in inquests, medical records, news by sally

“Lord Hutton’s decision to classify documents about the death of Dr David Kelly is likely to face a legal challenge amid claims by experts that there are increasing grounds to question the inquiry’s verdict of suicide.”

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The Guardian, 26th January 2010


Care review for 214 dead patients – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2009 in hospitals, medical records, news by sally

“The treatment notes of 214 patients who died at Stafford Hospital, where standards of care have been strongly criticised, are to be reviewed.”

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BBC News, 30th October 2009


Patients win right to delete records on controversial health database –

Posted May 29th, 2009 in data protection, medical records, news, privacy by sally

“Patients will be able to demand that their health records are deleted from the massive database being built by the NHS, privacy regulator the Information Commissioner’s Office has said. Previously, patients could only have details ‘masked’, not deleted.”

Full story, 27th May 2009


NHS patients given right to delete electronic record – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2009 in data protection, medical records, news by sally

“NHS patients will be allowed to delete electronic summaries of their treatment records from a new national medical database, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 26th May 2009


Care failings blamed for stabbing spree – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2009 in homicide, medical records, mental health, news, nurses by sally

“An independent inquiry into the treatment of a man with paranoid schizophrenia who randomly stabbed six people, killing one, has condemned the care he had before the attacks and found that a nurse had altered notes relating to his case.”

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The Guardian, 9th March 2009