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Pharmacist Spied on Family and Friends’ Medical Records

Pharmacist Spied on Family and Friends’ Medical Records

Burnetts' information law solicitor Natalie Ruane discusses a case concerning a pharmacist who unlawfully spied on family member's medical records.

A pharmacist working for South West Essex Primary Care Trust has been prosecuted this month by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after unlawfully spying on family members by accessing their medical records.  He also accessed the medical records of work colleagues and local health professionals.

He was prosecuted and fined £1,000, ordered to pay £100 victim surcharge and £608.30 prosecution costs.  He unlawfully accessed the patients’ records while working as a sessional pharmacist at Towhouse Surgery, Mount Avenue Surgery and Rockleigh Court Surgery.  At the time he had responsibility for handling medication reviews for the patients in local residential care homes with dementia and other mental health issues.  It was the Surgery Manager at Towhouse Surgery who raised the alarm after the manager discovered that he was using his security pass to access unrelated medical records.  The ICO said:

“The public will be rightly concerned that a medical professional in a position of trust decided to act in this way.  We hope today’s prosecution sends a clear message to anyone who may be tempted to do likewise.”

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Natalie Ruane

Natalie is a Partner and leads the Employment Law & HR team and specialises in education.

Published: Tuesday 18th November 2014
Categorised: Information Law

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