Radiology group loses bid to suppress info on breaches

The group, Southern Radiology, sought a ruling to stop the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) from releasing documents relating to lost radiation sources and unauthorised radiation practices at its premises.

It contended disclosure of the information under Freedom of Information (FOI) would affect its business affairs.

The documents concerned an inspection of Southern Radiology premises in September 2012, during which EPA officers identified two counts of non-compliance under the Radiation Control Act.

The EPA advised the company in 2013 it intended to release related correspondence dated September-December 2012 after receiving an FOI request from a third party.

Southern Radiology said there was a reasonable likelihood the information would be used to damage its reputation, cause regular referrers to refer patients  to other radiology practices and cause potential clients to consult its competitors.