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Doctor's Human Rights Hearing Begins

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

December 3, 2010

An Invercargill physician appeared before the Invercargill District Court this week based on a privacy complaint. Dr. Robert Henderson had been accused of violating the privacy of a nursing home employee when he notified her employer that she had 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 matter was referred to the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, which urged Henderson to settle, but he says to do so would be "moral cowardice."
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