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BREACH OF PATIEnT CONFIDENTIALITY?

BREACH OF PATIEnT CONFIDENTIALITY? Topic: Properly writing letter
June 25, 2019 / By Pippin
Question: I visited the doctor last week because I was having heart problems, and it was concluded that I was having anxiety palpitations. The next day my boyfriend calls me and questions me about why did I go to the doctor (which in i never told him i was going). later in the conversation he brings up information discussed between myself and the nurse and doctor that was tending to me. Tonight he tells me specific words and information in detail that I told them. I forgot to mentioned that he told me that his mother was the one who came home and told him that I had been to the clinic and that his aunt and his friend works there, And his aunt was one of the nurses in the room. I don't appreciate that my information was disclosed without my approval. Im writing a letter to the Ministry of Health and the hospital, Any help with this would be appreciated
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Mahli Mahli | 1 day ago
I'm guessing from your use of certain terms that you are not living in the USA (where I am a nurse) - regardless my advice is the same... You should absolutely write a letter to the Ministry of Health - any breach of patient confidentiality is serious - very serious. I would never consider divulging a patient's information - even if it were a relative or friend of a relative. I am sorry that your trust in the medical field has been broken - no one should have to be worried about going for medical help. Everyone should be able to trust - absolutely trust - their physicians and their staff to not spread personal information. What your boyfriend's aunt did is very hurtful to those of us in healthcare. We can not properly treat our patients if they are afraid to trust us with full disclosure of their healthcare issues and needs. Please report her - and know that you are doing something right!
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Mahli Originally Answered: BREACH OF PATIEnT CONFIDENTIALITY?
I'm guessing from your use of certain terms that you are not living in the USA (where I am a nurse) - regardless my advice is the same... You should absolutely write a letter to the Ministry of Health - any breach of patient confidentiality is serious - very serious. I would never consider divulging a patient's information - even if it were a relative or friend of a relative. I am sorry that your trust in the medical field has been broken - no one should have to be worried about going for medical help. Everyone should be able to trust - absolutely trust - their physicians and their staff to not spread personal information. What your boyfriend's aunt did is very hurtful to those of us in healthcare. We can not properly treat our patients if they are afraid to trust us with full disclosure of their healthcare issues and needs. Please report her - and know that you are doing something right!
Mahli Originally Answered: BREACH OF PATIEnT CONFIDENTIALITY?
As long as you have the details .. there should be an investigation. That is a serious breach of confidentiality. I hope you have success in bringing these busybodies their just deserves.

Jehudi Jehudi
As long as you have the details .. there should be an investigation. That is a serious breach of confidentiality. I hope you have success in bringing these busybodies their just deserves.
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Gemariah Gemariah
Unless you have proof of the breech forget it and find a new doctor. It may be wrong but you can not prove it and they will toss out the letter the second it is denied.
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Gemariah Originally Answered: BREACH OF PATIEnT CONFIDENTIALITY?
I'm guessing from your use of certain terms that you are not living in the USA (where I am a nurse) - regardless my advice is the same... You should absolutely write a letter to the Ministry of Health - any breach of patient confidentiality is serious - very serious. I would never consider divulging a patient's information - even if it were a relative or friend of a relative. I am sorry that your trust in the medical field has been broken - no one should have to be worried about going for medical help. Everyone should be able to trust - absolutely trust - their physicians and their staff to not spread personal information. What your boyfriend's aunt did is very hurtful to those of us in healthcare. We can not properly treat our patients if they are afraid to trust us with full disclosure of their healthcare issues and needs. Please report her - and know that you are doing something right!

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