PERFORMANCE: London Ambulance Service has signed an undertaking with the Information Commissioner’s Office to improve its data security, after breaching the Data Protection Act.

A statement from the ICO said the London Ambulance Service “breached the Data Protection Act after a personal laptop was stolen from a contractor’s home”.

It said: “The laptop contained contact details and transport requirements relating to 2,664 patients who had previously used the patient transport service.

“The trust has now taken action to ensure that contractors are made aware of its existing policy on the use of personal data, which states that staff should not store patients’ information on their personal computers.”