VD off Health minister’s list
House gets rid of outdated laws
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During this session of the House of Assembly, the house repealed the Venereal Disease Act.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.