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TV company fined £120,000 for unlawful filming at Addenbrooke's Hospital

Filming began at Addenbrooke's Hospital in July 2017 Credit: ITV Anglia News

A television company that unlawfully filmed patients at a maternity clinic at Addenbrooke's Hospital has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office.

True Visions Productions (TVP) set up CCTV-style cameras and microphones in examination rooms at the walk-in centre for a Channel 4 documentary on stillbirths.

The company had been given permission to film by the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

However, an investigation found that TVP failed to adequately inform patients who were attending over pregnancy concerns before they were filmed.

Steve Eckersley, ICO director of investigations said: "Patients would not have expected to have been filmed in this situation, and many will have been very distressed when they learned such a private and potentially traumatic moment had been recorded.”

The filming, for Channel 4's ‘Child of Mine’ programme, started in July 2017 but stopped in November that year after the methods were revealed.

An investigation found that "limited notices" advising of the filming had been placed near cameras and in the waiting room, where letters were also left on tables.

A True Vision Productions spokeswoman said: "We are disappointed in the outcome of the ICO’s decision after we made strong legal representations that her approach is wrong. We are considering the decision and the potential appeal with our legal advisors."

While Channel 4 said: "We note TVP’s statement and are supportive of their position."

"The recorded footage would have included the sensitive personal data of patients who could already be suffering anxiety and stress."

– Steve Eckersley, ICO director of investigations