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Gov't Officials Respond to Law Commission Recommendations

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

August 26, 2011

Health Minister Tony Ryall says there is no "great urgency" for a review of the handling of health information after the Law Commission recommended a separate government review of the Privacy Act, the Otago Daily Times writes. Ryall believes that the Privacy Act and the Health Information Privacy Code already cover the processing of health information. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has said she supports the Law Commission's recommendation but has not said how it could be addressed. "Whether that improvement would come from new legislation, as the Law Commission suggests, is something that will doubtless come out over the course of the proposed review," Shroff said.  
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