The BBC have reported how East Sussex NHS Trust have written to more than 3000 patients after a member of staff lost a computer memory stick containing personal information that was later found by a member of the public. The data on the memory stick was not password protected.
The chief executive of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Darren Grayson, described the incident as an "isolated incident" and stressed that the trust takes the protection of patients’ information "extremely seriously".
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