Ann Sutton, Chief Executive of NHS Kent and Medway, said: "We accept the Information Commissioner's report on the incident involving the removal of a filing cabinet from an office our staff vacated in March 2011."
"We have already strengthened our Information Governance policies, procedures and training on the basis of our internal investigation of the incident. The Information Commissioner's recommendations to improve them further will be implemented fully."
"While the breach was unfortunate, I would like to reassure patients that the data stored in the filing cabinet was not current - the most recent information was from 2002. There was no clinical data involved and the data is beyond retrieval."
"It is important to stress that information systems now are far more secure than they were at the time these files were produced - we no longer store information on floppy disks or CDs and use sophisticated systems of encryption."
"We have carried out our own thorough investigation into the incident and produced a comprehensive set of recommendations and learning points which are already being implemented. These include processes which staff are required to follow when moving offices and training to ensure staff fully understand their personal responsibilities for information security."
16 September 2011