MIL-Evening Report: No, it’s not OK for the government to use your prescription details to recruit you for a study

Description

A recent breach of patient confidentiality by the Department of Human Services has raised legal and ethical questions.

THE Department of Human Services (DHS) is under scrutiny this week after it was revealed the department sent letters to 50,000 patients who were previously prescribed lithium. DHS was seeking to recruit the recipients into a non-Government study on bipolar disorder.

Psychiatrists raised concerns after receiving complaints from patients who had received the letters and accused their psychiatrists of breaching patient confidentiality.

Subject

Privacy Policy; Law

Period31 Jul 2019

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  • TitleMIL-Evening Report: No, it’s not OK for the government to use your prescription details to recruit you for a study
    Media name/outletForeign Affairs.co.nz
    CountryNew Zealand
    Date31/07/19
    PersonsBruce Baer Arnold
  • TitleMIL-Evening Report: No, it’s not OK for the government to use your prescription details...
    Media name/outletForeign Affairs.co.nz
    CountryNew Zealand
    Date31/07/19
    PersonsBruce Baer Arnold