AMA Victoria shocked by Vic Government’s decision to overrule patient privacy and release information without consent

Wednesday 24 February 2016
AMA Victoria does not support the new law which will see patient information released without consent.
“Patient privacy is paramount in medicine. All patients must feel confident that when they see a doctor and undergo a medical procedure their privacy will be upheld, both now and in the future,” Dr Tony Bartone, President of AMA Victoria, said.
Last night, the controversial Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act Amendment Bill 2015 passed through the Victorian Legislative Council. This amendment will override patient privacy for sperm and egg donors.
“These patients underwent a medical procedure – donating sperm and eggs – and were given explicit and implicit assurances that their donations would be anonymous. The Government has now overruled these assurances,” Dr Bartone said.
AMA Victoria does not support the Victorian Government's decision to retrospectively overrule patient privacy. Instead, there should be greater promotion of the voluntary donor information register, which could help facilitate consenting connections between donors and donor-conceived children.
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