Medical records found at doc’s house

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The medical records of 46 hospital patients incuding an 18-month-old girl were among a bundle of documents found in the rented accommodation of a locum doctor.

The documents, which included the girl’s name, address, date of birth, diagnosis and plan of action were found at the city home of the locum along with records of patients treated at five other hospital Trusts in the south of England.

The hospital is investigating after sending out a total 46 letters were sent to patients informing them of the breach of confidentiality.

The mother of the girl, who did not want to be named for security reasons, said: “When I got the letter I had to re-read it several times. I was gutted and felt physically sick. You don’t just walk out with paperwork, why was he keeping it?

“The letter they’ve sent is not enough. I want to know why this happened, who this man was and why he has been told he will never work there again. Surely it must be for a serious reason.”

The family, who live close to Woburn, had been in hospital with the child in September as she battled an infection. She had a cannula inserted but parents claim staffing issues resulted in her missing two doses of prescribed anti-biotics.

She was diagnosed with a kidney problem and was eventually transferred to the children’s ward at John Radcliffe Hospital.

Joe Harrison, MK Hospital NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, said: “The sheets, which included a small amount of information about each patient, have been returned to the hospital for safe destruction and there is no reason to believe the information was shared more widely.

“The hospital is now conducting a full investigation to find out why the doctor, who is no longer working for the hospital, took the information home.”

Mr Harrison added: “Measures have been taken to ensure the doctor is not reengaged by the trust. The Information Commissioner and CQC have been advised of the incident. Patient identifiable information from other hospitals was also found at the doctor’s address.

“We have written to the parents of the children whose information was found at the doctor’s address to make them aware of the incident and the action we are taking.

“The trust takes the protection of sensitive data, including patient identifiable information, very seriously.”