Nurse Fired For Uploading Photos of Patients to Facebook

By Sam Gibbs on at

It might be appropriate for mates to post photos of you flat-out drunk and having your stomach pumped in hospital, but it's simply not on when it comes to nurses snapping pics of your naked arse and uploading them to Facebook.

In what the NHS calls a "serious breach of data protection", a nurse has been fired after posting a patient photo on Facebook. A recent report, based on a Freedom of Information request, showed that there were over 800 separate confidential data breaches within the NHS over a three-year period from 2008 to 2011. Of those breaches, 23 revolved around the posting of patient information on social networking sites, with 102 staff in-total getting the boot, including the Facebook-photo snapping nurse. [BBC, MacWorld UK]

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