VD off Health min­is­ter’s list

House gets rid of out­dated laws

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page -

Ross Wise­man no longer has the right to know who has vene­real dis­ease.

Dur­ing this ses­sion of the House of As­sem­bly, the house re­pealed the Vene­real Dis­ease Act.

That Act, which be­came law dur­ing the 1960s, stip­u­lated that doc­tors were obliged to re­port di­rectly to the Min­is­ter of Health any­one who had con­tracted sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases.

Wise­man told the Dec. 4 ses­sion of the House of As­sem­bly the leg­is­la­tion pro­vided the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment with some pow­ers that may ac­tu­ally in­fringe upon some na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions and char­ters and the pro­tec­tion of the rights of in­di­vid­u­als.

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