“We have had reports of employers receiving results in respect of individual patients, that’s a breach of confidentiality. Full stop,” Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health told the special Covid-19 response committee today
RTÉ News has learned that in cases of ‘mass screening’, where an entire workforce in a facility is tested, the practice has been that the HSE issues the results to the managers of such facilities, in some cases before the staff are informed.
The Data Protection Commission has said: “From this remove, the DPC cannot see how it can be legitimised that medical test results of this nature would not be communicated in the first instance directly to each individual staff member whether by sms text or phone call.”
In a statement, Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle said: “It appears to be the case that, at a minimum, communication has been unclear to the affected staff members in terms of how the process is being managed.
“Given that public health authorities clearly want to maintain the trust of the public in the testing and tracing system and keep people engaging with that system, it is important these issues are clarified and rectified.”
Previously: Finding Out In The Worst Way
Earlier: The Acute Phase