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Massive Firing -- You Can't Do Dat to Brit!

3/14/2008 7:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UCLA Medical Center is terminating at least 13 staff members and suspending at least six others for looking at the confidential medical records of Britney Spears while she was hospitalized there.

The LA Times reports that in addition to these firings, at least six doctors will face disciplinary action for snooping into her computerized records at the hospital.

According to the Times, UCLA officials admitted this wasn't the first time Spears' privacy had been compromised. Several employees were caught snooping into her records in September 2005 after she gave birth to her first son, Sean Preston, at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. A few of those employees were fired as well.

Spears was admitted to the hospital on January 31 -- after being placed on a "5150 hold" when it was determined she posed a danger to herself or others. She was released February 6.
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marta    

Hello can we say HIPPA........... they toatly violated that ............. it clearly states u are not supposed to look at a medical file more than u have too if u only have to look for a couple of facts look for them and then leave or else ............... i just took hippa training

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Sabrina    

In response to: 24. get over it. they're doctors/nurses. It just comes with the territory. My issue would be if they SOLD IT TO TMZ. you sound like a bunch of hypocrites. preaching privacy...? You're on a website devoted to the undermining of anything private. bunch of spastic apes. I'm sure the medical center is actually doing the firings because someone in spears' camp is threatening to file some sort of suit. Not easy to replace 13 skilled workers.
If you don't trust you're doctor, or the profession, go live out in the woods. It's over for you.

Posted at 7:08PM on Mar 14th 2008 by j o


The problem is that it doesn't just affect famous people. This kind of thing can affect you or me, too. One gossip in the community (medical staff gossip) can ruin a person's chances for getting a job, insurance, etc. Do some research - It happens every single day to ordinary people who's medical records have been "looked at" by people who had nothing to do with that particular patient. It could be your nurse neighbor who hates your guts or the hospital secretary who goes to the same aerobics class that you do. It's a very serious problem.

2311 days ago
48.

Big Bear    

Will this mean the comeback try 2 will be postponed?? The local Taco Bell wanted Britney for the grand opening.

2311 days ago
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Sabrina    

Hospital computers often track who looks at what files (so do many other businesses). I'm sure they all had to sign in with a password to access anything.

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Sabrina    

Not only should they all be severely disciplined and probably fired (and that includes doctors not working on her case), they should be prosecuted. I would imagine lawsuits will follow.

2311 days ago
51.

Dana    

HIPAA is a real thing and these doctors can (and should) be fined for their violations. Maximum penalties can even result in jail time. They can (and should) loose their licenses to practice medicine. Maybe they'll learn their lesson.

2311 days ago
52.

chuck    

If it can be shown that TMZ paid or coerced any of these people, Harvey doesn't have enough money to cover that lawsuit. No more TMZ!!!!!!!!!!

2311 days ago
53.

jmeem    

gee, socker. the whole world is going in a basket.

2311 days ago
54.

mark    

doctors should go too

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April Fouels    

UCLA is a University Hospital, for training / teaching College students, on an Intern basis. There is a high rate of Non-accomplishment in the Intern community, in all fields of training. There are MANY waiting in the wings to take their place, and the only way they were caught, is to be seen on camera, talk about it, or violate security proceedures. There is a decoy / baiting system set up in most security systems to disclose violators, and expose the identities of those in code violatoins, along with the regular means of human interaction that, when become an issue, are brought to the attention of the Director of Services, and you get to take a POLYGRAPH, or are TERMINATED

2311 days ago
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just me    

#36. Well, I guess that pretty much validates TMZ's assertion that "sources inside UCLA Medical Center tell TMZ" when TMZ was reporting on Britney during her hospitalization.

Posted at 7:34PM on Mar 14th 2008 by just me



just me..... I just googled "sources inside UCLA" and found that TMZ did break stories using that phrase. So TMZ is the cause of them getting busted. But that's a good thing. Right?

2311 days ago
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Stop Blaming the Paps For Everything Brit Does    

16. That behavior is outrageous. Doctors are no better than the staff, and should be fired too. Their ethics went right out the window. This should be interesting in the days to come. britaculous / lawdawg - get ready - here come the lawyers, and here come the law suits. Bella

Posted at 6:47PM on Mar 14th 2008 by Bella

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25. The hospital firing of the nurses but giving the doctors disciplinary action is discrimination. Why do the doctors receive a lesser punishment when what they did was just as bad?

Posted at 7:09PM on Mar 14th 2008 by George Clooney is a CryBaby

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George, Bella ... The hospital cannot "fire" the doctors because the physicians are not hospital employees. Doctors have hospital privileges, which allows them to admit their patients to the facility and to practice on the premises. The disciplinary action that is being taken is suspension of their privileges. The doctors have appeal rights, so it is not as easy to show them the door as would be the case for someone under the hopital's direct control.

2311 days ago
58.

Moe    

So??? They haven't repeated anything. Kinda hard to have records there and not read them. Gimmee a break.

2311 days ago
59.

GrandmaToo    

My My, looks like TMZ and the other rag Mag's are losing their inside scoop.. All I can say is, IT's about time.........

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mrs gonzalez    

YES SHE IS KIND OF OUT THERE BUT SHE NEEDS ALOT OF HELP AND THAT IS JUST WRONG! SHE SHOULD SUE THE HELL OUT OF THEM AND THE HOSPITAL!!!!!!

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