Reports in today’s Health Service Journal suggest nearly 500 junior doctors’ personal details, including their names, national insurance numbers, home addresses and private telephone numbers, were mistakenly published online by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Sean Humber, a solicitor at Leigh Day specialising in information law and bringing group claims following data breaches commented:

“If these reports are correct, it will be important to critically review quite what personal information was published, how long it was available online and whether there is any evidence that the information has been used for illicit purposes by any third parties.

“Those affected may have claims for compensation for the breach of confidence and misuse of their private information in relation to the publication of their private information without their knowledge or consent as well as claims under the Data Protection Act in relation to the Trust’s failure to hold their personal information safely.”