In a recent development, the former Minister of Health continues to defend his actions regarding the disclosure of sensitive data belonging to a doctor. Despite receiving a letter from the Ombudsman, he maintains that his actions were in the best interest of the patient and argues that he did not disclose any sensitive information. The former minister asserts that he did not provide the name of the drug in question. This ongoing controversy raises questions about the handling of sensitive data and the limits of disclosure in the healthcare sector.
The former Minister of Health is consistent and in response to the Ombudsman’s letter he still claims that his disclosure of the doctor’s sensitive data is “care for the patient’s interest”, and in fact he did not disclose sensitive data, because he did not provide the name of the drug.
“The transfer by the informing a person about the alleged inability to issue prescriptions for drugs from this group was, in my opinion, detrimental to the collective interest of patients. (…) The information provided by the doctor introduced unjustified fear among patients regarding the potential (untrue) inability to obtain prescriptions for medicines necessary for these patients.
Then the ex-minister proves in a few paragraphs that he was authorized to process this type of data. And if so, the disclosure of the data was legal.
“The above publication of data on issuing a pro auctore prescription by a specific person was justified:
1) fulfillment of obligations and exercise of special rights by the administrator (Minister of Health) in the field of social security;
2) necessity for reasons related to important public interest;
3) indispensability for the purposes of managing health care or social security systems and services;
4) necessity for reasons related to the public interest in the field of public health,” emphasizes Niedzielski.
The history of one recipe
Recall that In early August, the Minister of Health, Adam Niedzielski, posted two entries on Twitterin which he referred to the material broadcast the day before in Fakty TVN. “Kłamstwa Fakty TVN. In yesterday’s edition we heard that patients after orthopedic surgeries in Poznań have not received prescriptions for painkillers for the last 2 days. We checked in Poznań. And what? Patients after orthopedic surgeries received prescriptions for the indicated drugs!” – wrote the minister in the first entry.
“Doctor Piotr Pisula, city hospital in Poznań, yesterday on Fakty TVN: no patient could issue such a prescription«. We checked. The doctor issued a prescription for a drug from the psychotropic group yesterday and painkillers. Those are the FACTS. What lies await us today,” Niedzielski added in the second entry. The entry was widely publicized and met with enormous criticism.
In a statement published the next day, the head of the Ministry of Health announced that the publication of information about the prescription issued by a doctor employed at the municipal hospital in Poznań was aimed, on the one hand, at defending the positive name of the Ministry of Health, but above all at defending the interests of the patient.
For the scandal with the prescription, Niedzielski paid with his position. His function was taken over by Katarzyna Sójka.
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