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London clinic 'urgently investigating' HIV data leak

The London clinic responsible for leaking the HIV status of hundreds of patients in a confidential email has apologised, and promised to "urgently investigate" how the data breach occurred.

According to the Guardian, an email apology from Alan McOwan, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust's director for sexual health, was sent to patients after the breach.

I'm writing to apologise to you. This morning at around 11.30am we sent you the latest edition of OptionE newsletter. This is normally sent to individuals on an individual basis but unfortunately we sent out today's email to a group of email addresses. We apologise for this error.

We recalled/deleted the email as soon as we realised what had happened. If it is still in your inbox please delete it immediately.

Clearly this is completely unacceptable. We are urgently investigating how this has happened and I promise you that we will take steps to ensure it never happens again. We will send you the outcome of the investigation.

– Alan McOwan,Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust
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