The Faculty has received a notice from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) advising that after conducting a small survey, they have found that only 25% of doctors who treat patients privately have a current registration under the Data Protection Act 1998.
As health records often contain particularly sensitive information and because it would appear that many such doctors are not aware of their obligations in this area, the ICO is launching an awareness campaign about the requirement to notify.
It is possible that many doctors who carry out private work believe that their processing of personal data is covered by the registration of either the hospital that they practise from or their local NHS Trust. This is not necessarily the case and a separate registration is required to cover the processing of all personal data relating to any private treatment.
Notification can be made by either visiting the ICO website
or by contacting the Notification Helpline on 01625 545740.