Unshredded NHS records were dumped in a town centre to weigh down scaffolding at art festival

Unshredded NHS records were dumped in a town centre to weigh down scaffolding at art festival

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MEDICAL records of hundreds of thousands of NHS patients were dumped in a town centre to weigh down scaffolding.

They were meant to be shredded but instead used as ballast for an art festival structure.

Medical records of hundreds of thousands of NHS patients were used as ballast
Medical records of hundreds of thousands of NHS patients were used as ballast
PTE – The Sun

Confidential data thought to be from GPs and pharmacies was only partly destroyed and was still legible.

Some of the forms had come loose and were blowing around in the street — visible to shoppers. The patients, from across Britain, have all potentially been exposed to fraud or ID theft.

At least 40 blocks of letters were visible.

Shopper Aiden Birch, 36, said: “I could see prescription forms and there were clear names and addresses and details of surgery. It is disgusting. You can see people’s private information.”

The four-storey structure forms part of the annual Festival of Urban Living outside the intu shopping centre in Milton Keynes.

Designers specified recyclable material should be used as ballast to protect the piece from winds. It is understood organisers contacted CS Recycling in Hertfordshire, which sent cut and part-shredded paper.


The council was “appalled” and said: “We immediately covered the bales and arranged for their removal.”

Lib Dem MP and former health minister Norman Lamb said: “Clearly there haven’t been proper controls in place to avoid this sort of extraordinary public leak.”

CS Recycling marketing manager Emma Curtis said the firm “solely organised the recycling of the bales, not the destruction of the data contained within the bales”.

The records were meant to be shredded but instead used at an art festival structure
The records were meant to be shredded but instead used at an art festival structure
PTE – The Sun
Some of the forms came loose and were blowing in the street in Milton Keynes
Some of the forms came loose and were blowing in the street in Milton Keynes
PTE – The Sun
Some forms were still legible, which puts patients from across Britain at risk of fraud or ID theft
Forms were still legible, which puts patients from across Britain at risk of fraud or ID theft
PTE – The Sun
The tower, named Utopia Station, will be the highlight of a Festival of Creative Urban living
The tower, named Utopia Station, will be the highlight of a Festival of Creative Urban living
PTE – The Sun

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