NHS manager spared jail after snooping on more than 400 patient records
An NHS IT manager who illegally snooped on the medical records of more than 400 patients, including his family, friends and colleagues, has been spared jail.
Dale Trever, 22, was working for Hull Primary Care Trust (PCT) as a data quality manager when he accessed the patient records.
He claimed he accessed the records of 413 people out of "idle curiosity".
On 336 of those occasions, Trever was looking at the records of family, friends and colleagues.
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But he was caught after a GP's practice manager became suspicious and reported her concerns.
Trever, of east Hull, accessed the data between October 2008 and June last year.
He pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to seven counts of breaching the Computer Misuse Act 1990 by accessing the medical records of patients without authority.
Trever entered guilty pleas on the basis he only looked at the data and did not print it, save it or alter it.
Prosecutor Simon Waley said: "He didn't save or print anything off. The investigation looked at a large number of incidents of access. There were a total of 597 incidents dealing with 413 patients.
"It was on June 12 that the practice manager at one of the GP surgeries reported some concerns about the access he was having to some of the records when there was no apparent reason for him to be accessing them. Soon after this became clear he resigned."
Hull Crown Court heard how Trever accessed the details of a female colleague after she had spurned his advances.
He also looked up the details of a colleague's deceased husband, causing her "great distress", and other female colleagues' details, a former girlfriend and girls he had once gone to school with.
Anil Murray, defending, said: "He just looked at it."
The honorary recorder of Hull and the East Riding, Judge Michael Mettyear, described the offence as "disgraceful conduct".
He said: "This was a very serious breach of trust."
Trever was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, suspended for two years.
The court was told he had worked for Hull PCT for a year prior to the incident and is no longer employed by the health body. He had been based at the Newington Health Care Centre in Plane Street, west Hull.