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More than 100,000 non-medical staff in NHS Trusts have access to confidential patient records, according to a recent Big Brother Watch Survey, BBC News reports. "The number of non-medical personnel with access to confidential medical records leaves the system wide open for abuse," said Big Brother Watch's director. But a government spokesman said the NHS's use of smartcards means that "when managed properly, it is not possible for an unauthorized member of staff to see clinical information." The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said it is vital that medical records remain private and secure.
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