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Bill Would Allow Paramedics To Demand Victim Blood Tests


May 25, 2012

A Times Colonist editorial on British Columbia's Emergency Intervention and Disclosure Act says the compulsory diagnostic tests the bill would require are "a huge invasion of privacy." The bill would allow paramedics to demand blood tests from accident victims in order to protect first responders from coming into contact with infected blood. In response, Margaret MacDiarmid, the minister responsible for the proposed act, writes in The Victoria Times Colonist that "privacy protection is a major consideration when developing new legislation" and that ministries "have tools to determine the privacy impacts...and privacy analysts assist them with resolving or mitigating those impacts."
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