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Health organisations fear electronic attack

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Organisations in the health and social care sector are ignoring warnings of the dangers of electronic attack, major outbreaks of disease, and extreme weather conditions, and failing to take precautions, a report has warned.

The report, A Decade of Living Dangerously, produced jointly by the Chartered Management Institute and the Cabinet Office, found that NHS trusts and private sector nursing homes have not taken notice of potential problems outlined in the government’s National Risk Register, and have failed to draw up contingency plans.

Of the organisations surveyed, just 46 per cent had plans in place to cope with a major IT loss, and 43 per cent were prepared to deal with a massive loss of staff because of severe weather.

Of those organisations that did have continuity plans in place, only 46 per cent of them said they were tested.

Petra Wilton, director of policy and research at the Chartered Management Institute said: ‘Despite warnings, and in spite of the huge publicity surrounding natural and malicious disasters, it seems that employers still have a long way to go before they can claim to be truly resilient.’

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  • More and more information is being electronically held. Given the recent virus infection of some major Trust this is of concern. I am not sure what to say if an astute service user asks me what safeguards are in place to protect confidential information. On the grounds of not being able to give a satisfactory response, a refusal by right may be given to part with information without some assurance. How many people are aware of the the Data Protection Act when imparting personal information to staff. I cannot recall ever informing a service usere of the data protection act, and does the 'consent to share information' adequately inform them of this. If i sign up for things on line I am usually requested to read terms and conditions, then given options as to whether or not I want to share information with carefully vetted organisations etc.

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