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Serious data protection blunder by Ayrshire NHS.

A patient’s records were sent almost 250miles away from her Girvan practice to one in Manchester, resulting in the patient, a Ms Mary Corbey, missing two cervical smear tests.

The case comes just four months after nurse Rab Wilson exposed NHS Ayrshire and Arran for withholding critical incident reports.

Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP, Adam Ingram, said: “There seems to be a systematic failing of the management regime in NHS Ayrshire and Arran which fails to respond to concerns of patients and staff.

“It tends to deflect criticism, shuffle off responsibility and simply blame other people.

“And while I welcome the approach of the new chief executive, John Burns, it underlines the need for change at senior management level.”

Mrs Corbey’s medical files were wrongly sent to England when requested by another practice in 2003.

The mistaken identity with another patient led to her being de-registered at her local practice.

But Ayrshire and Arran bosses are still trying to insist the mistake was not their fault.

They’re pointing the finger at a body called the NHS National Services Scotland Practitioners Services Division, which has delegated powers to transfer patient records.