Staff at a Greater Manchester clinic are being investigated over reviews they accessed Sir Alex Ferguson’s medical records whilst he was once there.
The former Manchester United supervisor had an emergency operation on the Salford Royal Hospital in May after struggling a mind haemorrhage.
Several body of workers are below investigation “in relation to an information governance breach”, the clinic stated.
“We have apologised unreservedly to the patient and their family,” it added.
Sir Alex, 76, was once admitted to the Salford Royal on five May and was once in in depth care previous to his discharge in June.
“Without those people who gave me such great care, I would not be here today,” he stated.
A spokeswoman for the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust declined to substantiate the identification of the affected person concerned however stated an “HR process” was once below approach.
The agree with had additionally “reported the alleged breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)”, she stated.
Dr Chris Brookes, leader medical officer for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which runs Salford Royal, stated: “We can ascertain that a variety of body of workers who paintings at Salford Royal are recently topic to investigation on the subject of a knowledge governance breach.
“All of our sufferers have the correct to be expecting that their knowledge can be regarded after securely and accessed accurately.
“We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously … and will take the appropriate action to ensure staff understand the seriousness of unauthorised access,” Dr Brookes stated.
Last yr, the ICO publicly warned NHS body of workers concerning the “potentially serious consequences of prying into patients’ medical records without a valid reason”.
Since then 4 NHS body of workers had been prosecuted or fined on the subject of gaining access to sufferers’ medical knowledge with out authorisation, consistent with the ICO.