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The volume of Countess of Chester Hospital data breaches has raised some concerns after figures revealed there have been hundreds of incidents in the 2018/19 period.
We say this a lot, but the volume of individual cases that we take forward that involve medical data cases is high. Although the statistics aren’t surprising, given the number of NHS data breach compensation claims we take forward, it’s still worrying; especially when you consider the nature of the information at risk here.
The news about the data revealed by the Chester Standard reported that, on average, there has been more than four every week during the period reviewed.
There were 238 Countess of Chester Hospital data breaches reported during the 2018/19 period. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them were cases of accidental disclosure, which we see a lot. One of the most infamous cases of accidental disclosure in the NHS is an action we’ve been fighting for justice in for some time now; the 56 Dean Street Clinic leak.
There were also other common cases involving data that has been lost in transit, incorrectly or unsafely disposed of, and were unauthorised disclosure or access has occurred.
An action plan is understood to be in place to address the volume of data breaches reported to date. The hospital assures that they take their responsibilities when it comes to data protection seriously. They are understood to have procedures in place that ensure their employees undergo annual training, and that incidents are thoroughly investigated.
The threat of the sanctions that can be imposed on the NHS for incidents is very real, and it’s something that all Trusts and employees must take seriously. That’s why the volume of the Countess of Chester Hospital data breaches is concerning.
We’ve already seen the potential power of GDPR with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issuing their first intentions to fine. British Airways are facing a monumental fine of £183m, and Marriott are facing a huge fine themselves to the tune of £99m.
Victims can be entitled to make a claim for medical data breach compensation, and we can usually help people on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Given the nature of the personal and sensitive information that can be misused or exposed when it comes to NHS breaches, the severity of the impact can be huge. That’s why data breach compensation amounts for medical breaches can be high.
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