NZ: Medical notes sent in error

Amy Glass reports:

John Ritchie just wants his fax machine to stop invading your privacy.

Ritchie, 89, of Merivale, has been mistakenly receiving confidential medical records via his home fax machine since the middle of last year.

The former University of Canterbury professor of music estimates he has received between 50 to 100 records from the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), Hutt Valley District Health Board, UC Health Centre, South Canterbury District Health Board and Selwyn Medical Centre fax machines.

Ritchie has poor eyesight, so he finds the notes difficult to read.

However, a quick glance reveals details of mental health illnesses and treatments, prescribed medications and other highly sensitive information.

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