Re: Tax payer to Government to NHS to Government funded by the Tax Payer.
@LarsG - the drives were taken away by a private contractor under form mad PGI-type scheme which allows the NHS trust to show greater openness and a willingness to be wallet-raped by the private sector (as is government policy). This will all be wrapped-up in a bollocks-speak press briefing and contract.
The contractor will be the lowest bidder with the thinnest margins and thus keen to get any profits anywhere they can, which means flogging stuff on eBay.
One other thing you can bet is that the conrtact will be so one-sided that even if the trust ejects the contractor for such flagrant negligence, they will need to pay compensation for loss of profits (a common clause in PFI deals which is why we have to spunk so much money at our badly run rail system).
I do agree with one thing, fining the NHS is stupid. You fine the contractor and you fire the managers.