I’ve just been listening to an interview on BBC Radio Kent about QEQM Margate Hospital servers running slow because they are “stuffed” with personal music, iTunes etc.
Not a problem says the QEQM spokesman. I beg to differ.
Is our local health authority insane as well as broke? What is personal content doing on NHS servers and has anyone ever heard of eCrime or Netcrime?
If content like this is on hospital computers, Lord knows what other “malicious” content might be on board and capable of stealing confidential and personal patient or hospital authority information. What the hell is going on as regards the hospital’s own acceptable use policy in the middle of an online crimewave.
I had a word with the BBC earlier and their report says:
"Staff were downloading music for use on their MP3 playersStaff at a Kent hospital have been banned from downloading music and videos from the internet after they clogged up its main server.
The problem came to light at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate when a new server was being installed.
The work took half a day longer than it should because there were so many files downloaded for use on MP3 players.
Manager Stuart Nesbit said patient records were not affected.
"Separate clinical systems run all the various packs for X-rays and so on," he said.
"The only things that were compromised were access to Word documents and that sort of thing."
He said the server was five years old and due to be replaced.
"We looked at what these large files were and they were deleted.
"An email went round to people explaining that it was unacceptable practice."
East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust is now looking at computer systems at its other large hospitals, the Kent and Canterbury at Canterbury and the William Harvey at Ashford to see if they have the same problem. "