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Data breach by NHS Highland reveals personal details of hundreds of diabetes patients

By Ali Morrison

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A data breach at NHS Highland has led to the personal information of 284 patients with diabetes being widely shared.

The error on Tuesday November 17 saw names, dates of births, contact information and hospital identification numbers of the patients revealed to more than 30 people.

The health board referred itself to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over the incident and has apologised by letter to patients affected.

NHS Highland chief executive Pam Dudek said: “NHS Highland has directly contacted all of the patients affected by this data breach to apologise unreservedly.

“We have reported the incident to the Information Commissioner and are holding an investigation into this matter.

“31 people were sent information of a patient list of 284 people including contact details and date of birth.

“No medical information was included other than the name of the clinic.”

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