NHS employees blasted for Facebook leaks

NHS staff have been found to be posting the private details of patients to Facebook, according to a report from Big Brother Watch which publicises the result to several Freedom of Information Act requests.

In the report, the campaign group discovered that between 2008 and 2011 around 152 NHS Trusts across the country racked up an impressive 807 data protection failures.

Most egregious of these was the discovered that 23 of these incidents covered trusted staff posting private patient details to Facebook.

According to coverage of the report on CSO Online, one employee at the Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust posted a picture of a patient to Facebook - for no readily apparent reason - resulting in a well-deserved sacking.

In other cases, however, those leaking confidential information were able to retain their jobs - including employees of the Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust who used Facebook to send information to a patient's parent while also posting sensitive information to the site, and an employee of the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation - a mental health specialist trust - also posted confidential details to Facebook.

"This research highlights how the NHS is simply not doing enough to ensure confidential patient information is protected," claimed Big Brother Watch director Nick Pickles. "As the Summary Care Record scheme is rolled out and an increasing number of people have access to private patient information, urgent action is needed to ensure that we can be sure our medical records are safe."