An investigation by the National Audit Office into the NHS blunder of losing 709,000 medical letters showed there are 1788 cases of potential harm to patients, and has cost taxpayers £6.6 million.
Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:
“This was a colossal blunder, which has put 1,788 people in harm’s way - and this figure could be much, much higher.
“The Government have tried to simply wave this away, but this utterly damning National Audit Office report lays bare that they simply chose not to alert parliament or the public to the scale of issue for three months, and seemed to hope it would just go away.
“This disaster left patient data, which includes blood test results and cancer screening, languishing in a warehouse. People in the Department must be held accountable for this shoddy affair.”