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Watchdog slaps NHS for failure to tackle correspondence backlog - The Register

The National Audit Office has slapped the NHS Shared Business Services for its failure to handle a backlog of misdirected clinical correspondence, which will cost £6.6m to work through. The NHS Shared Business Services is a joint venture between the ...and more »

Over 1700 patients at risk in 'colossal' NHS mail blunder - BBC News

At least 1,700 patients may have been harmed by a 'colossal' blunder that meant thousands of patient records were left to pile up in a warehouse. The number at risk is likely to rise as only two thirds of the 700,000 notes found had been checked ...and more »

Jeremy Hunt and NHS 'delayed telling patients' about mislaid confidential documents after private firm blunder - The Independent

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of leaving Parliament and patients in the dark after hundreds of thousands of pieces of confidential medical correspondence was discovered “languishing in a warehouse”. At least 1,700 patients may have been harmed by the ...and more »

Jeremy Hunt accused of 'sleeping at the wheel' during NHS data loss scandal - The Guardian

Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary admitted that his department's oversight of NHS Shared Business Services was not good enough. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters. Jeremy Hunt has been accused of being “asleep at the wheel” while a private firm co ...and more »

NHS patients at risk after 700000 medical records and documents lost in huge blunder - Evening Standard

Letters meant for patients and GP surgeries were lost in the massive blunder. Getty Images. ES News Email. Enter your email address Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Email address is invalid Email address is invalid Email cannot be ...and more »

NHS mailing blunder put 1788 patients at risk - and Health Secretary kept it quiet -

Jeremy Hunt kept quiet for months about a 'major blunder' which saw more than 700,000 letters to NHS patients mislaid, some of which contained cancer diagnosis, treatment plans and blood tests, it emerged today. The health secretary learned in March ...and more »

Hundreds of patients potentially harmed by undelivered NHS mail - The Guardian

'Patients will rightly be angry that this private company has failed them,' said the BMA. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images. More than 1,700 people may have been harmed by an NHS contractor's loss of almost 709,000 pieces of medical correspondence ...and more »

NHS digitisation means mail blunder “unlikely” to occur again, Hunt tells Commons - Digital Health

The shift to electronic systems will mean the blunder that saw 709,000 items of medical correspondence not delivered is “unlikely” to occur again, according to the health secretary. Jeremy Hunt faced an urgent question about the debacle in the House of ...and more »

1700 cases of potential harm from undelivered medical mail - Digital Health

At least 1,700 cases of potential patient harm have been identified after a huge medical correspondence storage blunder, according to a new report by the NAO. The National Audit Office's NAO report into the 709,000 items of unprocessed medical ...and more »

And today the Health Secretary was accused of leaving patients and parliament in the dark about the scandal. - The London Economic

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth exclusively in yesterday's The London Economic wrote a piece warning the public about the implications of the government's new health strategy revealed in leaked documents last week which threatens draconian ...and more »