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Patients' info stolen

14th December 2007

Personal details of up to 3,000 NHS patients are feared to have been on a computer laptop stolen from a doctors’ surgery.


Details of the theft, which occurred from St Julian’s GP surgery in Newport in Wales on November 5, have only just emerged.

But it is believed the laptop taken from the surgery contained patients’ names, addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers.

Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust said the laptop was coded with passwords and had three levels of protection but an NHS investigation is now under way and the Welsh Assembly government is facing calls for an inquiry.

The trust’s chief executive Hugh Ross revealed 950 diabetic patients who were taking part in a screening service for people with eye problems had definitely been affected by the incident and he suggested that information about as many as 3,000 patients could also be on the laptop.

Mr Ross said a major concern is that although his staff began investigating the theft, it was happening too slowly.

“That’s not good enough and that’s what we need to get to the bottom of,? he said. “I think it’s a cock-up not a cover-up.?

Calling for an inquiry, Conservative Jonathan Morgan said: “It is yet another disturbing development which will further undermine public confidence in measures to protect sensitive information.?

An assembly government spokesperson said it expects the trust to review the case to identify if any further measures need to be put in place to reduce the risk of similar incidents in future.


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