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Nine PCs stolen from NHS hospital

A gang of thieves has stolen NHS computers containing eight years of confidential patient data from the pathology department of the Royal Shewsbury Hospital in Shropshire. The break-in on Monday night – which was captured on CCTV video – has caused severe disruption to the targeted department since the computers contained medical data, photography, emails and teaching materials. “The information hasn’t been lost forever, because we back everything up on a daily basis,” said NHS spokesman Phil Hipkiss. “But it is a real hassle, and no-one here is especially happy that patients’ medical records have been compromised like this.” There is no suggestion that the break in was specifically aimed at gaining patient information. All the stolen items – nine PCs and a laptop – were described as “saleable”. “They left a lot of other, bulkier stuff behind,” Hipkiss told The Register. Full Story

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