Three District Health Boards in the Wellington area have already imposed restrictions to protect staff and patients’ privacy.
District Health Board (DHB) Chief Medical Office, Nelson Marlborough said: “People used to just take a photograph and stick it in their family album. Now it can go anywhere.”
The proposed restrictions will stop visitors at hospitals from taking photographs, video or any other multimedia content, which can be used on social media.
Many hospitals require permission from anyone who appears in the photo or video, including members of staff and patients in the background.
Some hospitals will also ask the person taking a photograph or video where they intend to use it, before giving permission.
According to Canterbury DHB acting Chief executive, Mary Gordon, hospitals in New Zealand have seen an increase in family and friends wishing to use their smartphone to take images and video, and then posting the content on social media.
However, while DHBs want to impose restrictions, midwives, doctors and other health care professionals do not have legal rights not to be recorded during their working hours.
Nelson Marlborough DHB introduced the “position statement oh digital recordings in clinical settings” following concern from health care professionals about being recorded by patients.
The debate of the proposed restriction continue.
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