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Tribunal: Doctor Did Not Breach Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

February 4, 2011

The Human Rights Review Tribunal has cleared an Invercargill doctor of breaching a careworker's privacy by disclosing personal information to her employer, The New Zealand Herald reports. The doctor was reprimanded for breaching the patient's privacy by disclosing her drug addiction to the nursing home where she worked, the report states. The doctor contended he was concerned for patient safety at the facility, and the tribunal found he had reasonable grounds to believe there was a serious and imminent threat to rest home patients. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff had previously ruled the doctor should have notified only the nursing home's manager; however, the High Court of Wellington overturned that ruling.
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