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Children's details lost

18th December 2007

Personal information for 160,000 children has been "lost" at St Leonard's Hospital in Hackney, London.


The information was sent by BT in the form of a computer disc to St Leonard's on 14 Novemeber but did not reach its intended destination in the hospital's IT department, although a member of staff is said to have signed for it.

The data held on the disc included the names, birth dates and addresses of 160,000 children. NHS London heads have launched an inquiry into how data is transferred.

A spokeswoman for City and Hackney Primary Care Trust, which runs St Leonard's Hospital, said they had suspended the transfer and delivery of all forms of personal data.

She said: "BT couriered a fully encrypted disc containing patient information to City and Hackney PCT...it was not received by the named recipient." She added that efforts by the PCT to find the data had not been successful.

Ruth Carnall, chief executive of NHS London, said: "We take any breach of security very seriously."

She emphasised that the information contained within the disc had been encrypted so would be extremely difficult to misuse.

"I have asked for an independent review of all NHS data transfer in London and procedures are in place to stop this from happening again," she stated.

A spokesman for BT said that parents and patients should be reassured that the company used high security procedures to ensure their data was safe and had followed stringent encryption protocols.

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