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High Court Clears Doctor of Wrongdoing

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

May 4, 2010

The High Court at Wellington has cleared an Invercargill doctor of wrongdoing in a case involving a patient's medical information, The New Zealand Herald reports. The federal privacy commissioner had determined previously that Dr. Robert Henderson was wrong to have informed a nursing home's charge nurse that one of its employees had asked for opiates at his office. After an investigation, Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said that the doctor should have notified the nursing home's manager only, the report states. The court disagreed. "I am a great supporter of privacy but when it comes down to the safety of people's lives you've got to have safe procedure," the doctor said.
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