Curious case of the doctor, the minister, and the privacy breach

A DOCTOR has been sanctioned after sending confidential patient information, including pathology test results, to federal minister, Fiona Nash (pictured).

Dr Nicholas Melhuish, who worked as an anaesthetist at Canberra Hospital, spent more than two years writing complaints about a colleague’s research project looking at the clinical outcomes of blood transfusions in patients being airlifted to hospital.

Dr Melhuish believed that the identity of the patients being recruited to the trial was not being adequately