18,000 staff records lost by Trust16th September 2008
Information about nearly 18,000 NHS staff was lost by Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in July.
The hospital, located in north London, said that four computer discs were mislaid when they were sent to a payroll organisation called McKesson on 22 July.
The discs were sealed in an envelope, which was put into a postal tray marked "recorded delivery" but was not sent and went missing.
The data included name, address, birth date, pay infomation and National Insurance numbers for the 17,990 staff members from the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, Islington Primary Care Trust, Camden Primary Care Trust and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
David Sloman, chief executive of the trust, said each one had "separate alpha-numeric passwords on them which unless found by expert hackers are very difficult to break".
He issued an apology to everyone who had been impacted by the mistake.
"It is trust policy to send any such information by courier," he said. "To our knowledge this is the one and only time that such information was directed through the post.
"An investigation is underway, with an enquiry panel taking place shortly. In the meantime, a member of staff has been suspended."
Police were also given information about the incident. The trust has put an email address in place so that staff can email if they have questions to raise about the situation.
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Title: 18,000 staff records lost by Trust
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 8349
Date Added: 16th Sep 2008