The confidential medical records of hundreds of thousands of patients have gone missing from nine NHS trusts, the Government has admitted.
Hospitals around the country owned up to security breaches as part of the investigation into data protection in all areas of public life triggered by the loss of 25 million child benefit records by HM Revenue and Customs.
Looks like the blame has been placed on a missing computer disc. The Conservatives said the serious breach of patient confidentiality called into question Government plans for a national database containing the records of every NHS user in the country.
Andrew Lansley, the shadow health secretary, said: "This is further evidence of the Government’s failure to protect the personal information which we provide. "For over two years we have argued for data to be held locally, with networking, rather than on one central database. The Government should accept that this would offer us greater protection."
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