Lawyer explains the potential class action against Veterans’ MATES medicines review program

Lawyer Seb O’Meara says there are the 'potential ingredients' for a class action lawsuit.
Rachel Fieldhouse

A lawyer working on a potential class action against a Department of Veterans’ Affairs medicines review program says patients did not realise their health data were being shared with researchers.

The Veterans’ Medicines Advice and Therapeutic Education Service (Veterans’ MATES) was shut down by the Federal Government last week after the department’s independent Human Research Ethics Committee withdrew ethics approval.