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Doctors: Training

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements her Department (a) has made and (b) plans to make to analyse the security implications of the recent Medical Training Application Service website security breach for the Connecting for Health IT project. (136007)

[holding answer 8 May 2007]: The Department has investigated the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) security breach and discovered that it resulted from a failure on the part of those contracted by the Department to provide this service to apply appropriate security safeguards.

MTAS was not implemented by the Department's NHS Connecting for Health agency, nor developed by any of its systems suppliers. There are no security implications for any of the applications or services which the agency is providing for the national health service via the national programme for information technology.