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Security probe over Care Record crime

NHS IT bosses have launched a review of security surrounding the Summary Care Record amid fears it will be targeted by blackmailers and identity thieves.

Connecting for Health told Pulse the review had been ordered to assess the risk posed by so-called blaggers.

The BMA warned ‘highly skilled' con artists were set to seize on the care record rollout and try to trick staff into giving away private information.

Dr Paul Cundy, chair of the joint RCGP and GPC IT committee, said: ‘These people realise that because of the wide distribution of electronic records, it's easy to blag this information.'

Dr Cundy said blaggers could come from a variety of sources, including health insurers, private investigators, blackmailers, fraudsters and identity thieves. ‘They use NHS terms to sound plausible – they might call and say "my PDS is down, can you have a check on yours".

‘Practice staff need to be reminded of the importance of not being duped into revealing confidential information.'

A Connecting for Health spokesperson said: ‘We are reviewing this threat along with a group of NHS organisations. The evolution of information systems will require the NHS to regularly review this threat.'

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