NHS – Electronic Staff Records (ESR)
Staff concerns over central data warehouse come to the fore as NHS introduces Electronic Staff Records.
The ESR Programme is managed by the ESR Central Team which includes NHS, McKesson and Oracle staff working together in the design and implementation of the solution >> ESR Website
Looks like this one is set to ruffle innumerable feathers as ‘Management’ takes a hard line as witnessed at one NHS Trust …
“The Finance Director of my organisation has said that staff are not allowed to opt out, and if they do, they can no longer be employees of the Trust”
Ouch! The first thought of many is that such a draconian position is contrary to the Data Protection Act 1998; but is it? Under s.10 of the DPA you can seek to prevent processing that is likely to cause substantial damage or substantial distress, but only when none of the first four Schedule 2 conditions apply; this is unlikely in the employment scenario.
Given that staff are unlikely to have grounds for opting out of the ESR, do we feel that there is sufficient confidence in public sector data warehousing to quell the concerns of many?
Full thread of this discussion appeared on data-protection@JISCMAIL.AC.UK