Freedom of Information figures reveal 9,132 patient records went missing
Only 68 hospitals released information on missing or lost patient records
Experts say the scale of the issue is likely to be far more severe
Published: 21:08 EDT, 19 August 2018 | Updated: 08:37 EDT, 20 August 2018
Almost 10,000 patient records were lost by NHS hospitals last year, Freedom of Information figures have revealed.
The disclosure will prompt fears that records are being sold by the dark web and experts have warned that the rise in cases of identity fraud means it is vitally important to protect patients' data.
And campaigners have advised that not having a full record available during a consultation could make it more difficult for doctors to accurately diagnoses health issues or prescribe the correct medication.
Only 68 hospitals released information on missing or lost patient records for the Parliament Street think tank report, meaning the scale of the issue is likely to be far more severe.
Almost 10,000 patient records were lost by NHS hospitals last year, Freedom of Information figures have revealed
Barry Scott, of cybersecurity firm Centrify, said the incidents underlined the need to improve the health service's security procedures around the management of patient records.
'With sales of health records on the dark web and identity fraud on the rise, the need to protect the privacy of patients whilst moving towards secure digital systems is both urgent and essential,' he told the Times.
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