ICO given new powers to audit NHS

From 1 February, a change in the law will enable the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to subject public healthcare organisations to a compulsory audit.

The audits will examine how these organisations handle patients’ confidential personal information, as well as reviewing areas such areas as records management, staff training and data sharing.

Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, said: “Data breaches by the NHS are a major cause for concern – this will give us a chance to act before a breach happens”.

Healthcare organisations can face substantial fines if they suffer a data breach, so they must ensure that they handle their information legally as prescribed by statutory legislation and regulation.

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