Unauthorised access to medical information and the Greater Manchester scandal
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Unauthorised access to medical information and the Greater Manchester scandal

We are now two years on from the discovery of a mass snooping scandal in Greater Manchester involving Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust where the unauthorised access to medical records affected some 2,000 people.

We represent clients for cases in this serious abuse of access by what is understood to be more than one employee at the Trust in question. We represent clients for cases where their wider medical records were accessed during their treatment by people who did not need to access their data, and had no right or reason to. We have also been recommending that our clients check their medical records too as a number of inaccuracies have been identified also.

This all suggests that the practice of medical records data protection and organisation has been poor at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. We continue to represent people for data breach compensation claims, and you can still join our group action for the mass snooping event. You can also speak to our team for free, no-obligation advice about general issues over unauthorised access to medical records as well.

About the Greater Manchester incident

The Greater Manchester mass snooping incident involved The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust who were forced to write to over 2,000 patients to inform them that there had been inappropriate and/or unauthorised access to medical records.

It is thought that these severe medical data breaches took place over a period of 18 months, and that they may not have been able to identify all employees involved in the scandal. Some were identified and reportedly received further training, but this doesn’t change the fact that innocent people had their medical records subject to unauthorised access.

We represent a group of victims of this incident, and you still have time to benefit from our No Win, No Fee legal representation. You can speak to the team here today for free, no-obligation advice.

Data breach compensation for unauthorised access to medical information

Victims of unauthorised access to medical records and information can be eligible to claim data breach compensation. Anyone with access to such sensitive medical information, records and databases must only access and use information where it is appropriate for them to do so.

A treating surgery may access a patient’s medical records as they probably need to know about their medical history. However, a random doctor not involved in the process of treatment for a patent should not access such records with no reason to do so.

In many of these kinds of cases, the perpetrator who “snoops” on the records of the patient usually know the victim. It is usually out of some form of curiosity, which is never acceptable. However, in the case of the Greater Manchester scandal, it was all so seemingly random.

When it comes to healthcare data breach compensation claims, the impact for the victim can be substantial. We are talking about some of the most personal and sensitive information there can be for a person. For this to be misused or exposed can cause a great deal of distress, and compensation amounts and pay-outs can be substantial.

Speak to our leading data lawyers today for advice

Your Lawyers – The Data Leak Lawyers – is a leading, specialist firm of privacy compensation experts. We have been representing victims for these kinds of cases for a great deal longer than most of the other firms now looking into cases, and we have already recovered over £1m in damages for mainly individual data breach victims to date.

We represent thousands of victims for cases on a No Win, No Fee basis, and we may be able to help you too.

For free, no-obligation advice make sure to speak to our team here now.

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