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Nurse sacked over Facebook patient picture

A nurse who posted a picture of a patient on Facebook was dismissed from her job, it has emerged.

The case - revealed after a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request - was one of 29 reported breaches of patient confidentiality at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust over the past three years.

Nine of the 29 reported incidents were dismissed because the employee was found to have no case to answer, while the other 20 were investigated and eight members of staff were dismissed for breaching patient confidentiality.

The trust’s chief executive Peter Homa said: “We fully investigate all claims - and where there is found to be a serious breach of confidentiality, we have dismissed the member of staff involved.”

The figures, covering the period from July 2008 to July 2011, were obtained under an FOI request from the Big Brother Watch pressure group.




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