The Los Angeles Times says workers at the UCLA medical centre looked at Spears’ confidential files when she was admitted to the hospital in January.Jeri Simpson, the hospital’s head of human resources, confirmed to the AP news agency that several staff would be disciplined or fired over the incident.”It’s very frustrating and it’s very disappointing,” she said.According to the Los Angeles Times, 13 staff – none of them doctors – will lose their jobs.
[source]It is very disconcerting to consider the fact that a dozen or so irresponsible trogs who happen to work for a major hospital have access to anyone’s medical records. It can’t possibly be the case that Britney Spears’ records are somehow more accessible than, say, yours or mine. It must, rather, be the case that the kind of protection that medical records get is based on a misplaced sense of trust for those with some kind of access. This is a guess, but I think a reasonable one.In a way, it is good that the stars are getting their medical records pilfered for fun and profit. Perhaps the outcry from this sort of event will lead to improvements in the way privacy is maintained.