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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any officials in (a) his Department and (b) each NHS trust were disciplined or dismissed for (i) alleged breaches of data protection requirements and (ii) inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (205907)

No officials in the Department were disciplined or dismissed for alleged breaches of data protection requirements or inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data in each of the last two years. Figures are not available before then.

Details of disciplinary action taken by national health service trusts is not collected centrally but we believe that there should be greater transparency about these matters and have therefore instructed trusts to publish details of disciplinary action taken against staff for these reasons in their annual reports.