Bu­reau­cratic non­sense

The Press - - Perspective -

I be­came aware of the lat­est bu­reau­cratic non­sense in­volv­ing the Pri­vacy Act when vis­it­ing my GP. I no­ticed that pa­tient files were no longer be­hind the counter po­liced by the staff at re­cep­tion. Man­age­ment was re­quired to re­move the files and place them in an area away from pa­tients ev­i­dently ea­ger to ac­cess them.

The files were locked in a small build­ing out­side the surgery. No fur­ther se­cu­rity was re­quired. Staff are forced to ac­cess pa­tient files in any weather when the files are re­quired for daily use. The surgery has been in ex­is­tence for over 30 years and has never had any unau­tho­rised ac­cess to the files. We await with trep­i­da­tion for the bur­glary of the small build­ing now hous­ing the files.

W Wil­son

Ran­giora

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