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Nurses use Facebook to gossip about patients

Post by Guest on Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:40 am

The nurses who gossip about patients on Facebook and how they are spying on their loved ones

Doctors, nurses and admin staff breached patients' confidentiality 802 times in the past 12 months

NHS staff are exposing highly sensitive information about patients up to five times a week by posting messages about them on Facebook, discussing illnesses in public or losing their medical files.
Figures show that in the past 12 months doctors, nurses and admin workers breached patients’ confidentiality some 802 times.
And nearly half of hospitals and NHS trusts admitted there had been at least one such incident in the past year.
Online: NHS staff are exposing highly sensitive information about patients up to five times a week by posting messages about them on Facebook
There were at least 23 incidents where staff had openly discussed patients with colleagues, friends and family on websites such as Facebook.


In one shocking case a medical worker at Nottingham University Hospital took a picture of a patient in bed and circulated it on the social networking site.
Figures show that in the past 12 months doctors, nurses and admin workers breached patients' confidentiality some 802 times. Picture posed by models
There were also 91 incidents where NHS staff had admitted to snooping through the medical files of their own colleagues.
This included the case of an NHS manager who admitted looking through the medical files of family, friends and colleagues 431 times out of ‘idle curiosity’.
Dale Trever, 23, a data quality manager at Hull Primary Care Trust, was sacked and given a six-month suspended jail sentence.
There were also 57 cases where medical notes, computer discs or laptops containing highly personal information were left lying around in public places, lost or stolen.
The pressure group Big Brother Watch, which uncovered the figures, said the NHS was ‘not doing enough’ to ensure patients’ privacy is protected.
It warned such incidents could become far more common as higher numbers of NHS staff have access to confidential patient notes with the roll-out of a new computer database. The Summary Care Record will give GPs, hospital doctors and paramedics immediate information about patients, such as allergies or medications.
But it has emerged as many as 10,000 NHS employees, including porters and cleaners, could have access to the record.
Of the 350 hospitals and NHS trusts which responded to requests, 152 admitted there had been at least one breach of privacy in the past 12 months.
The figures also showed that out of 802 incidents, only 102 staff were sacked.
Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, said: ‘These cases represent serious infringements on patient privacy.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2054436/The-nurses-gossip-patients-Facebook-spying-loved-ones.html

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Re: Nurses use Facebook to gossip about patients

Post by Guest on Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:32 am

How dare they! If a nurse gossips about patients she would no longer be a nurse. Patients are vunerable, nurses who gossip about them are in breach of trust and should be sacked.

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Re: Nurses use Facebook to gossip about patients

Post by Guest on Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:28 pm

I would imagine that Nurses and Doctors have always talked about patients anonymously to their friends and relatives.

Working in this field is very stressful and talking about it is a way of relieving that. I guess you have to find a way of coping with the pressure, be that via discussion, humour or otherwise.

However, to discuss confidential patient details on social media such as Facebook is totally unacceptable and disciplinary action should be taken.

There have been so many stories in the media about Facebook's misuse and various employees being dismissed or suspended. It's not rocket science, these are professional intelligent people, nurses, teachers etc Rolling Eyes

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