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Confidential records of mentally ill patients found in cabinet bought on eBay

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Personal documents containing confidential details of mentally ill patients of the former Wolverhampton NHS Primary Care Trust were found in a filing cabinet bought on eBay.

The cabinet contained 60 pages of documents including details of patients' history of sexual abuse and suicide attempts.

An investigation has now been launched by NHS bosses into the blunder.

The cabinet was bought by office worker Amy Shotton, aged 24, and her boyfriend Nick Helliwell, 32, from Halifax, who paid £51 for 11 cabinets and seven chairs.

Miss Shotton said: "There were staggering details of intimate medical histories."

A spokesperson for the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: "The Trust can confirm that it has been informed about a possible breach of patient confidentiality.

"The facts of the case are not yet clear. We are carrying out a full investigation, in conjunction with our partner organisations, City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, to understand how this happened.

"We take patient confidentiality very seriously and apologise for any distress this has caused."

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