Opinion

What Happened To Patient Confidentiality?

A nurse of Lautoka Hospital put out unsubstantiated claims. She claimed there were attempts to abduct a child and he was drugged. The child ended up at Lautoka Hospital and instead of reporting it to the proper authorities she posted it on Facebook
08 Mar 2019 17:32
What Happened To Patient Confidentiality?

Over the past few days, we saw some gross breaches of patient confidentiality by hospital staff.

A nurse of Lautoka Hospital put out unsubstantiated claims that there were attempts to abduct a child and he was drugged. He ended up at Lautoka Hospital and this nurse no doubt heard in the hospital’s corridors the stories of his so-called daring escape from the abductees.

Did she keep quiet about it? Did she report the matter to the Police? No. Instead, she went on to put a post on her Facebook page, left the setting as public and allowed the post to be shared more than 400 times. On those shared posts, people made comments calling for people to be killed.

 

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Politicians capitalised on this because this person who claims to be a nurse said in her post that “Chinese men” were involved in the alleged bid to kidnap.

What makes matter worse? A hospital supervisor from the same hospital using his work email sent out details of the claimed abduction to his family and friends. That too went viral and soon everyone had it in their inboxes.

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These two single-handedly sent social media on overdrive and created chaos which has cost tax payers money. They are the types of civil servants who need to be weeded out through the Open Merit Recruitment System.

They and the parents of the child can be and should be charged under section 15 of the Public Order Act.

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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