Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/15/scottish_doctor/

Scottish doc swerves charges for snooping

Illegally accessing medical records

By John Oates

Posted in Law, 15th January 2010 11:36 GMT

A Scottish doctor accused of illegally accessing celebrities' and politicians' medical records will not now be charged with any offences.

Dr Andrew Jamieson, who worked at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline, was charged under Data Protection legislation. He was accused of accessing emergency care summary records for prime minister Gordon Brown, First Minister Alex Salmond, newsreader Jackie Bird and several footballers.

Crown Counsel told E-Health Insider: “After full consideration of all the facts and circumstances, including confidential medical reports, Crown Counsel decided that no proceedings should be taken against Dr Andrew Jamieson. Letters explaining the decision have now been written to all those affected.”

Jamieson told papers he looked at the health records out of curiosity, not to make money, and did not pass the information on to anyone. ®