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Patient Records: Data Loss

Health written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place in NHS hospitals to protect patient records from data loss.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The security of patient records is a local responsibility and each national health service body is legally responsible for holding information securely. However, the Department provides comprehensive policy, guidance and supporting tools for security compliance to NHS bodies, including centrally-funded training resources.

The Department has also provided electronic patient record systems that are protected by the highest levels of access controls and other security measures, a secure NHS network for exchanging information that is centrally monitored and strongly protected, and secure NHS e-mail facilities that encrypt all data in transit within the system.

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