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Hospital Staff Facing Disciplinary Action

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

July 3, 2013

APNZ reports that staff members from three district health boards (DHBs) are facing disciplinary action after they inappropriately accessed a cricketer’s medical records. “Four staff members were working at Canterbury DHB, one at South Canterbury DHB and two at West Coast DHB,” the report states, noting Canterbury DHB Chief Executive David Meates confirmed three of his staff members are facing disciplinary action. Meates said the DHB has apologised to the individual whose records were accessed, adding, “This incident is unacceptable...It is, however, reassuring that our system of checks and balances has worked in bringing this to our attention.”
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