Saturday, 14 February 2009

More Skewed Priorities

Following hot on the heels of the Royal Bolton Hospital a few days ago , another case of skewed priorities from a London NHS.

Confidential and sensitive medical records have been left in an unlocked boiler room at a local hospital, a Sutton Guardian investigation can reveal.

Medical records at Sutton Hospital are easily accessible to members of the public as many are being kept in an unsecure boiler room located outside the main buildings.

The leaky boiler room is housing thousands of patient records, including names, addresses and full medical histories of individuals treated at the 19th century hospital.

A local reporter just walked in.

With a simple turn of the handle I was confronted by a huge pile of documents and boxes of highly sensitive medical records, and not a person in sight.

In two hours there, only one member of staff entered the building, and she did not seem too concerned by a stranger’s presence.

They're right on the ball with less important matters, though.

Who cares about sensitive medical records, eh? You can spend two hours trawling through them without challenge, but smoke in the car park for 5 minutes ...

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