Hospital staff ‘inappropriately’ accessed medical records of teen accused of stabbing doctor

The Department of Health secretary warned it was not legitimate to access files because it was 'interesting to know'.
North West Regional Hospital, Burnie. Photo: Tasmanian Department of Health website.

Tasmanian hospital staff are facing possible disciplinary action for inappropriately accessing medical records, including those of a teenage patient who allegedly stabbed an ED doctor.

Last year, Tasmanian Department of Health secretary Kathrine Morgan-Wicks issued a warning to state hospital employees after an audit of clinical records suggested that inappropriate access of patient records was “widespread”.