Picard's Royal Hospital Scandal Shows Patient Privacy?

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The main purpose of André Picard’s article “Royal Hospital Scandal Shows Patient Privacy is a Matter of Ethics”, 2012, is to enforce laws and ethics. Among health care professionals and their supervisors who can enforce laws and ethics. That way individuals that are working in that setting are aware of the impact they have on their patients. The overall argument of this article is that there is a stigma between the professionals and the confidentiality the patients deserve. There are protocols that need to be followed by staff members even if close family members want certain information. Before releasing any information the professionals have to make sure they have the patient’s permission. I feel this article’s discrepancy of privacy is …show more content…
The majority of the information was convincing to an extent. This was due to the fact that André has a tendency to only oppose the patient’s point of view, instead of the administration of the hospital, this piece is lacking supporting details by fact that other party’s point of view was not mentioned. For instance, at the beginning of the article where Picard talks about Kate’s pregnancy, with only one statement which of whether it is a hoax or a prank. Picard did not go on with any more information about it. Secondly, when Picard mentions Nurse Jacintha Saldanha’s tragic suicide she does not stated how the nurse had passed away or what happened nor where the incident took place. Some of the few supporting details that this article does outline are effective for different reasons. André mentions that a motorcycle accident took place involved with Hollywood actor, George Clooney, which states supporting detailed points behind the situation. These details entail that forty employees were suspended for looking at his file where he was being treated, and some people even sold some of his information to tabloids. Another example where there is a significant amount of information in the article is the example of the health workers breaking the privacy of patient and that is the number one reason patients …show more content…
The effectiveness of Picard’s article is to get across that the laws and ethics of the patient’s personal information is confidential and this can be achieved by following the rules and the laws outlined by the Royal Hospital. As mentioned beforehand, the purpose is lacking support. For instances it does not specify any examples from the patient’s point of view or how they feel about their privacy being violated. The article is not genuinely that useful for the intended audience. That is, the article just states different rules and protocols that hospitals are supposed to follow, instead of actually stating examples where workers did not follow

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