Nick Dole reports on the lack of transparency and notification following breaches of health data in NSW:
NSW hospital patients have had their confidential details compromised on multiple occasions, including medical records being found in a public carpark.
Many of the most serious privacy breaches have been reported in the Central Coast Local Health District, which runs Gosford and Wyong hospitals.
In 2015, a patient’s emergency assessment paperwork was discovered on the ground near Gosford Hospital.
However, the patient concerned was never informed because the Health District said there was not a “serious risk of harm”.
The same year, a confidential list of patients containing sensitive information including the reasons for attending hospital was discovered on a walkway near Gosford Hospital.
Once again, the patients were never informed because the information was not deemed to put them at “serious risk of harm”.
Read more on ABC (AU).