Kate Middleton’s medical notes ‘accessed after she left hospital’ as Scotland Yard may investigate

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The Princess of Wales allegedly had her medical details accessed at the London Clinic after she left the hospital, where she underwent abdominal surgery – and now police may launch an investigation

Scotland Yard may investigate after Kate, Princess of Wales’s medical notes were allegedly accessed after she left hospital.

The world-renowned London Clinic in Marylebone, where the Princess of Wales underwent abdominal surgery in January, launched a probe after allegations staff attempted to access her private medical records.

After The Mirror’s world exclusive was picked up around the world this week, sources have said that “up to three people” could be involved in the alleged accessing of Kate’s medical records.

In a further bombshell, it can be revealed that the alleged breach took place after the future queen was discharged from hospital on January 29, as social media exploded with outlandish and hurtful conspiracy theories relating to her surgery.

Sources said the criminal investigation, described as “unprecedented” and now being run by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), could run alongside an additional probe by the Metropolitan Police.

Accessing someone’s medical records without cause or consent can be a criminal offence. If the ICO investigates and finds evidence that medical records were accessed illegally, it can take action, including prosecuting and fining the person responsible in court.

The development came amid a new statement from the CEO of the The London Clinic, who said: “There is no place at our hospital for those who intentionally breach the trust of any of our patients or colleagues.”

A source said: “This is such a unique case that a police investigation could run alongside one by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

“The IOC will deal with anything as a criminal matter which could end up in a Magistrate’s Court, but if there were further claims of wrongdoing such as a conspiracy to distribute illegally accessed information, then that could be a matter for the police.”

The police have also been urged to launch an immediate investigation, alongside the IOC probe, over fears of a potential royal blackmail plot. Dai Davies, the former chief superintendent and head of the royal protection unit, said: “Anyone accused of this most serious breach of trust should be interviewed under caution at the earliest opportunity.

“The implications for the royal family are far and wide and there must be a full probe by Scotland Yard to determine if any further crimes have been committed.”

The Met Police said it had not yet received a referral, but Health Minister Maria Caulfield said she understood “police have been asked to look at it”. Speaking to Sky News she said it was “pretty serious stuff to be accessing notes that you don’t have permission to”.

She added: “I say this as someone who’s still on the nursing register, that the rules are very, very clear for all patients. That unless you’re looking after that patient, or they’ve given you their consent, you should not be looking at patients’ notes.

“So there are rules in place and the Information Commissioner can levy fines, that can be prosecutions, your regulator, so as a nurse my regulator would be the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council), can take enforcement action….and can strike you off the register if the breach is serious enough.

“So there are particularly hefty implications if you are looking at notes for medical records that you should not be looking at.” Asked if the police should look into the matter, she said: “My understanding is that police have been asked to look at it – whether they take action is a matter for them.”

Fears that the King’s private medical information had also been compromised were dismissed, after Charles spent three nights at the hospital during the same period as the Princess of Wales, after undergoing an operation for an enlarged prostate.

Sources confirmed bosses at the hospital had informed Buckingham Palace that the alleged breach being probed did not involve the monarch. Charles and Kate were discharged separately just hours apart on January 29.

The King was subsequently diagnosed with “a form of cancer”, announced by Buckingham Palace on February 5. Senior bosses at the hospital notified the IOC within 72 hours over the alleged breach of Kate’s records, in accordance with the watchdog’s guidelines.

Despite global speculation over the nature of the princess’s surgery, which has sparked wild conspiracy theories across social media and international news outlets, Kensington Palace has gone to great lengths to protect her privacy. The palace said when Kate was admitted that she would spend two weeks in hospital and not return to royal duties until after Easter as she continued her recovery at home.

Sources suggested the princess may decide to join the royal family on a scheduled walk to church on Easter Sunday, but no decision had yet been taken. As the crisis intensified today following The Mirror’s revelations, Al Russell, the CEO at The London Clinic, added: “Everyone at The London Clinic is acutely aware of our individual, professional, ethical and legal duties with regards to patient confidentiality.

“We take enormous pride in the outstanding care and discretion we aim to deliver for all our patients that put their trust in us every day. We have systems in place to monitor management of patient information and, in the case of any breach, all appropriate investigatory, regulatory and disciplinary steps will be taken.”

The General Medical Council (GMC), which regulates doctors, also said patients must have confidence that their personal information is protected “at all times”. A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “Clearly there are strict rules on patient data that must be followed. I think we all want to get behind the Princess of Wales and Prince of Wales and we wish her the speediest of recoveries.”

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