Data Misuse: Examples of Medical Records

Below are examples of medical records being misused in the UK

  • Police gain access to medical records, to fight terror of course! Artilce
  • The medical records of a 68-year-old man showed he was homosexual were leaked to the UK social services, and as such was refused a place in a care home. Article
  • A man who was working on a financial audit for the local health authority found that his niece had undergone an abortion. He found this out by illegally accessing her medical records. His niece had not told her parents, and she was not obliged to, so the “caring Uncle”, took it upon himself to tell the parents, as they were very religious. Article
  • Medical Records, including names and addresses where passed to researchers. The researchers then called the patients, the patients were not consulted on any of this! Article
  • An MP was sent the medical records of a constituent , without the constituent’s consent (this is directly against the NHS own guidance). Article
  • Patients data shared with council – Source
  • A sales representative employed by a drugs company was given access to confidential NHS medical records to identify those who could be given an new (and expensive) anti-cholesterol drug. Article– MP Paul Flyn
  • More records are to be passed to private companies
  • Doctor Access Medical records, and offer to pass them to a private detectives
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