A shamed NHS data quality manager has pleaded guilty to illegally snooping through patients’ medical records.
The peeping tom, otherwise known as Dale Trever, has been hauled up in court for allegedly looking through the records of female patients on 431 occasions.
He is also accused of peering through records relating to family, friends and colleagues on 336 of these occasions.
It is thought Trever accessed the records between October 2008 and June 2009, while working at the Hull Primary Care Trust, and he clearly didn’t have much to do on his days off as it was also claimed he spied through records at weekends as well.
At Hull Crown Court, Trever pleaded guilty to seven counts of breaching the Computer Misuse Act 1990 by accessing patients’ medical records without authority.
However, his lawyer said that he denied copying, printing or altering any medical records. He is due to be sentenced next month.
John Fitzsimmons, director of performance, governance and informatics for NHS Hull, told Computer World UK: “Any breach of patient confidentiality is a serious matters, and so in this particular case, we welcome the fact that a successful criminal prosecution has been brought and that a custodial sentence is being considered. It sends a powerful message to NHS staff and the healthcare community about the importance of data protection.
“We hope the outcome, following a lengthy investigation, will go some way to reassure patients just how seriously we considered this breach of their trust to have been.”
While we don’t agree with what Trever has done, we’re sure he’s not the first.