Doctor, 43, illegally accessed his pregnant ex-girlfriend’s medical records and viewed photos of baby scans after they broke up the day she told him she was pregnant
- Nurse Tanya Sunrise, 38, was in a relationship with adviser Ghassan Almeer
- They broke up in November when Miss Sunrise told the doctor she was pregnant
- She was shocked to learn in March that Mr. Almeer had access to her medical records
- He was banned for a week and forced to follow an online training
A pregnant nurse whose ex-boyfriend of the doctor had unlawful access to her medical records has accused an NHS Health Trust of not taking appropriate action after being suspended for just a week.
Tanya Sunrise, 38, says she was forced to move treatment to another hospital after the data breach by radiologist Ghassan Almeer of the Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) Trust.
Miss Sunrise reported the breach to the Information Commissioner and said she felt “violated” by the invasion of her privacy.
The nurse, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, dated 43-year-old Mr Almeer for 11 months, the BBC reports†
The couple broke up in November, apparently the same day Miss Sunrise told him about the pregnancy.
Tanya Sunrise, of Ilkeston, who is 28 weeks pregnant, was given access to her data earlier this year by Dr. Ghassan Almeer, months after she broke up with him.
She was shocked to learn in March that Mr. Almeer had seen her records twice, including details of her ultrasound and test results.
The private sector nurse, who is now 29 weeks pregnant, said she was assured an investigation would take place after confronting the hospital.
She was told that Mr Almeer would be suspended for a week and ordered to complete online training before returning to work.
She said: “It looks like he completely got away with doing something so horrible, abusing his position and violating my privacy by accessing my data.
NUH said they couldn’t isolate my data from others or protect it from being accessed again.
“The hospital did not support or sympathize with the situation I was in.
“As a single mom-to-be it would have been nice to have my baby in a familiar place with close friends and support around,” she said.
“I feel like NUH is trying to cover up and sweep this massive information management breach under the rug because he’s a consultant.
“It’s all been a very traumatic experience for me.”
Miss Sunrise pictured with ex-boyfriend Ghassan Almeer, 43, a senior radiologist who had unlawful access to her medical records at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH)
A spokesperson for the NUH Trust said: ‘Accessing a patient’s medical records without clinical justification is completely unacceptable and is a violation of fundamental privacy rights and patient confidentiality.
“We investigated this incident as soon as we became aware, took action in accordance with our policies and reported the breach to the Commissioner for information.
“We recognize how shocking this is and have offered our unreserved apologies to Ms Sunrise that this has happened.”
A spokesman for the Information Commissioner’s Office said: ‘Nottingham University Hospitals has notified us of an incident and we are reviewing the information provided.’
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