Former GP surgery secretary fined for reading medical records of 231 patients in two years

A former trainee secretary at a GP surgery has been fined after she admitted unlawfully reading the records of 231 patients in two years. Hannah Pepper was employed at the Fakenham Medical Practice in Norfolk in August 2015 and her duties included lawfully accessing medical records to assist doctors, solicitors and insurance companies. However, despite being trained in the legal and ethical requirements for patient confidentiality, the surgery discovered in October 2017 that she had been reading a work colleague’s patient file without consent. A subsequent investigation by the surgery…