A culture amongst some NHS staff of sharing passwords

The Scottish Parliament has recognised a “a culture amongst some NHS staff of sharing IT usernames and passwords”, according to a report in The Scotsman.

It says:

“Health professionals and the Scottish Government, giving evidence tothe committee, pointed to greater levels of security and traceabilityof access to electronic portal systems compared to traditional paperrecords. But they also acknowledged “a culture amongst some NHS staffof sharing IT usernames and passwords”.


It’s not an encouraging comment at a time when the national roll-out of NHS Connecting for Health’s NPfIT Summary Care Records in England is gathering pace. 


This is from the  report published this month by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee:

“Both health professionals and Scottish Government officialspointed to the greater levels of security and traceability of access that anelectronic portal system provides over a traditional paper record.

“There was recognition however, of a culture amongst some NHS staff of sharingIT usernames and password.

“This was especially true amongst junior doctors inbusy hospitals where it had arisen as a matter of convenience as a result ofbusy medical staff needing quick and almost continuous access to hospital ITsystem.

“The issue of locum or temporary staff gaining access to hospital ITsystems for short periods of time was also a problem that had given rise tothis culture.”


Opting out of Summary Care Records – NHS Connecting for Health

Is NPfIT Summary Care Records scheme feasible – UCL – IT Projects Blog

Summary Care Records rolled out too quickly – Healthcare Republic

Will action by London GPs enfeeble Summary Care Records? – IT Projects Blog