UCLA Medical Center is taking steps to fire at least 13 employees and has suspended at least six others for snooping in the confidential medical records of pop star Britney Spears during her recent hospitalization in its psychiatric unit, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.
In addition, six physicians face discipline for peeking at her computerized records, the person said.
Questioned about the breaches, officials acknowledged that it was not the first time UCLA had disciplined workers for looking at Spears’ records. Several were caught prying into records after Spears gave birth to her first son, Sean Preston, in September 2005 at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, officials said. Some were fired.
That is thirteen more people than have been disciplined at the FBI and other collective agencies for their transgressions. If the UCLA Medical Center ran like the Bush administration, some flack would have been dispatched to say that “there had been some mistakes, but they have all been fixed now, so trust us” and that no, you are not allowed to find out what exactly happened.