Data grab ‘was an inside job’

A REPORT into the theft of a laptop containing patient information at Calderdale Royal Hospital has suggested it was an inside job.

The computer contained 1,569 patient records including names, dates of birth and addresses.

The theft was spotted by staff on November 22 and all patients affected were informed.

A report by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust board members said the laptop was most likely stolen from the neurophysiology department during working hours.

It said: “All access to this building is gained by fob access or digi-lock access, which suggests that someone with access codes to the building has gained access to the neurophysiology department,” it said.

Police were notified at the time but advised the Trust to investigate internally.

The board heard there had since been another attempted theft at the department.

Medical director Yvette Oade told members: “The computer was stolen from a locked department. There was no clear evidence of an external break-in.

We have not had any future incidents since January but it is interesting that a further attempted break in did happen following the incident. However at the moment we feel that the department is fully secured.”

Lock codes have since been changed and the manufacturers of the machine involved have now agreed to encrypt data on the computer.

The data is also now in locked room with steel grills on the windows and access is only allowed during normal working hours.

A Trust spokesman said: “An investigation has been conducted and the laptop and the individual, or individuals, responsible have not been traced.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The matter was reported to police who pursued all active lines of inquiry and have advised the hospital to contact police should any futher information come to light.”