Unfortunately for Jeremy he tweeted this photo and contained within was a board listing all the patients on that particular ward. The patient names were clearly visible. If a doctor did such a thing, they could expect definite consequences. As things stand the tweet stayed up for a good few hours, then was replaced by a new tweet with the patient board fuzzed through. There has been no apology or admission of this confidentiality breach as yet.
I would urge everyone to write to the Department of Health via their online complaints form below. At the very least Jeremy Hunt should apologise for his tweet and apologise to all those whose names were clearly visible in the original photo. He is a senior public official and should know far better, after all isn't candour something he feels strongly about?
I would like to make a formal complaint about Jeremy Hunt's tweet on the 17/07/2015 (see attached screen grab).
The photo shows patient identifiable information clearly on a board in the top left of the photo.
This tweet constitutes a clear breach of the Data Protection Act.
I expect this matter to be thoroughly investigated and at an absolute minimum Jeremy Hunt should issue a full and frank apology to the patients whose confidentiality he has clearly breached,