NZ: Hospital sacks employee over accessing files

Greer McDonald reports:

A Hutt Hospital employee has been fired for accessing patient files without legitimate reasons.

A report prepared for Hutt Valley District Health Board revealed three staff members at the hospital were investigated for potential privacy breaches in October and December.

Acting chief executive Michael Hundleby said two breaches were upheld while in the third case the person had a legitimate reason for accessing the file.

“The two people who were found to have used files inappropriately were both administration staff. One was dismissed and the other received a written warning.”

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