UK: Harpenden surgery accused of breaching patient confidentiality

It is hard for me to believe that this even makes the news anywhere. Not that the person isn’t right to be concerned if the allegations are true, but it’s just that it seems so darned common as to no longer be newsworthy. Then again, maybe if such incidents did result in bad press and other consequences for those involved, we might see more care taken. From the St. Albans & Harpenden Review:

A HARPENDEN surgery has been accused of breaching patient confidentiality after a man claimed he heard private health information being discussed by a member of staff as he waited to see his doctor.

Stephen Brown insists he heard a receptionist discussing a patient’s private health data over the telephone as he waited for an appointment with his doctor in the waiting room of The Village Surgery in Harpenden on Thursday morning.

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  1. Anonymous - July 11, 2009

    Stephen Brown should not have been listening. I think this incident says more about Stephen Brown than the member of staff conducting the duties of an employee in a surgery.

    Spend Brown appears to be a self-righteous, sanctimonious prig. Get a life.

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