A survey of data losses, made by the Liberal Democrats under the Freedom of Information Act, found that some incidents had been so serious that 25 patients had been visited by the police and NHS management.
The party's shadow health secretary Norman Lamb described the security lapses as ‘utterly shocking'.
‘The degree of negligence in some cases is breathtaking,' he said. ‘There must be a fundamental re-examination of how the NHS deals with personal data.'
The incidents uncovered by the survey include one last March when a practice in the East of England had its entire computer system stolen.
A system back up tape was stolen from another practice in the same region.
A third practice, in the south east, reported that patient records were lost after they were delivered to the wrong address.
- GPs who lose laptop face £5,000 fine
- Thousands of patient records sent to landfill
- 38,000 records lost in transit
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