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Doctor to Face Human Rights Tribunal for Disclosure

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

November 19, 2010

An Invercargill doctor says settling out of court over a privacy complaint lodged against him would be "moral cowardice." Robert Henderson is due to appear before the Human Rights Tribunal on 30 November, TVNZ reports, for calling a nursing home to tell the charge nurse that one of the home's employees asked for opiates at his office. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff, with whom the employee filed a complaint, ruled that Henderson should have only told the nursing home's manager. However, the High Court of Wellington overturned that ruling earlier this year. The Office of Human Rights Proceedings has urged Henderson to settle.
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