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Alex Ferguson’s medical notes illegally accessed by doctors

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Doctors at a Manchester hospital are currently being investigated for allegedly prying into Sir Alex Ferguson’s medical records without permission while he was in the hospital fighting for his life.

According to the Talk Sport, two doctors and a senior hospital consultant have been accused of illegally accessing the 76-year-old’s records when he was a patient at the Salford Royal hospital in May.

The former Manchester United boss had an emergency operation at the hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage. He was discharged in June and has gone on to make a full recovery as he attends Manchester United matches regularly.

The Sunday Times reports that at least two nurses are also being questioned after an audit of the computer system at Salford Royal.

Investigators are said to suspect the staff were accessing Ferguson’s confidential notes on a personal basis.

The case has been referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which investigates data protection breaches.

Dr Chris Brookes, chief medical officer for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which runs Salford Royal, was quoted as saying:

“Investigations are ongoing to determine if the individuals have accessed a patient’s record electronically without a clinical requirement or authorisation to do so.”