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Complaint over alleged violation

Queensland Health has confirmed a Warwick Hospital staff member is under investigation for allegedly breaching patient confidentiality.
Queensland Health has confirmed a Warwick Hospital staff member is under investigation for allegedly breaching patient confidentiality.

A WARWICK Hospital employee is the subject of an ethics investigation, following allegations they leaked sensitive and confidential information about a patient.

The patient is believed to have sought treatment at the hospital following a sexual mishap, with the woman's name and details of the incident obtained by a former friend of the employee.

The man claims the employee directly told him all the details of the incident and said it was not the first time he had been on the receiving end of confidential and personal patient information.

He said he had heard countless stories from two employees about Warwick women being treated for various sexual conditions.

"I know the two (employees) very well and I have heard loads of stories about girls who have gone up there for treatment," he said.

"They pretty much tell me which girls to stay away from and which conditions they have, and I am absolutely sick of hearing this information about these young girls.

"I am a single bloke so it's good information for me to have but I just don't think they should be telling people these things."

Queensland Health has confirmed one employee is being investigated by the Ethical Standards Unit but said no similar action had been taken against a second.

Warwick Hospital director of nursing Megan O'Shannessy said the employees were entitled to a presumption of innocence until the investigation was completed.

"Queensland Health takes these claims seriously and will investigate where required and address appropriately," she said.

"In the particular matter raised by (the) complainant, the District has referred the issue to the Ethical Standards Unit which liaises with the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

"All Queensland Health staff, including those at Warwick Hospital, are informed of the requirements of the Health Services Act 1991 which provides for patient confidentiality."

The Act regulates the disclosure of confidential information and prevents Queensland Health staff from disclosing such information without the consent of the patient.

Topics:  patient, patient information, violation, warwick hospital


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