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Media releases | December 17, 2014
The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has begun a wide ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector. Read the full media release here. The Project Summary can be read here. The Survey of Agencies can be read here. The Survey of Ministers can be read here.
December 17, 2014
The Ombudsman has released his opinion on a complaint about a DHB’s decision to withhold information about a surgeon, including the number and types of procedures he had performed. Professor Paterson concluded that there was good reason to withhold some, but not all of the information, in order to protect the surgeon’s privacy.
In relation to the surgical statistics, Professor Paterson commented that disclosure of work-related information is an important aspect of a DHB’s accountability for the work of its general surgeons and other senior medical officers. Surgeons are highly qualified specialists employed in the publicly funded health system to provide health services for patients.
There is a public interest in members of the community and the media being able to access data about the types of procedures and quantity of work performed by specialists in New Zealand’s public hospitals. Professor Paterson recommended that the DHB release information relating to the number and type of procedures performed by the surgeon. You can read the full opinion here.
December 9, 2014
The Human Rights Commission has today released the OPCAT Annual Report for 2013/2014. You can read the full report here.More from the newsroom Subscribe