South Australia Health Minister Jack Snelling has revealed that eight SA Health staff members have been caught inappropriately accessing medical records; two of whom have already been dismissed. Mr Snelling lent his support to SA Health for not disclosing the breaches when they occurred, stating that to do so would have breached the privacy of the patients involved.

The breaches were discovered following an audit into authorised privacy breaches across South Australian public hospitals. The South Australian Opposition is calling for an independent judicial inquiry examining the suitability and integrity of the State’s health information management system. The Opposition has further called for the sacking of all staff involved in the breaches to be considered.

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