At least 100,000 non-medical staff in NHS trusts have access to confidential patient records, claim campaigners. Big Brother Watch, who based the figure on 151 responses from trusts, said it demonstrated "slack security". The group says hospital domestics, porters, and IT staff are among those with access to records in some trusts. The Department of Health says the report muddles paper files and the newer electronic systems for which access will be strictly controlled. Big Brother Watch asked every NHS Trust in the UK for the number of their non-medical staff who had access to confidential patient records.