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Confidential patient data lost on Teesdale street

Confidential patient data lost on Teesdale street
Confidential patient data lost on Teesdale street

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Teesdale Mercury
Sep 16, 2008

TEESDALE is at the centre of the latest data loss scandal after a memory 
stick containing information on hundreds of NHS mental health patients 
was found by a member of the public in a Barnard Castle street.

The Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Trust, whose jurisdiction Teesdale falls 
within, said the =E2=80=98serious breach of patient confidentiality=E2=80=99 happened 
after a computer technician, who had been upgrading PCs in Teesdale, 
failed to delete the information from the portable stick.

Early investigations into the security breach also unveiled that other 
members of staff at the trust had stored confidential data on their hard 
drives, contravening trust policies on information security.

The Mercury learned of the latest government blunder after one of the 
patients=E2=80=99 whose information had been on the stick contacted the 


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