Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Breach details

What Loss of sensitive personal data.
How much One records.
When 24 March 2011
Why A secretary accidentally sent a letter containing sensitive personal information to the wrong person. The correct patient’s surname had been spelt two different ways by a doctor and the letter lacked any other identifiers, and the secretary accidently chose the wrong record from the electronic patient record system.

Regulatory action

Regulator ICO
Action Monetary penalty of £ 70,000
Undertaking issued to ensure that the checking processes to confirm patient identity prior to issuing correspondence, recommended by an internal investigation, must immediately be adopted across all the data controller’s sites.
When 30 April 2012

Why the regulator acted

Breach of act Letter sent to the wrong recipient. Letters should not be dispatched without being checked by management.
Inappropriate organisational and technical measures.
Known or should have known Staff were used to dealing with sensitive data, but management allowed secretaries to simply rely on the electronic system rather than double checking.
Likely to cause damage or distress Medical data.