Stupid doctor should be fired for sharing patient's personal history on Facebook
All doctors keep their patients' information confidential ... or at least, they're supposed to. But apparently Dr. Amy Dunbar, an OB-GYN at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Missouri, didn't get the memo. The hospital is facing public outrage after Dunbar posted some very personal information about one of her patients on Facebook last week!
Dunbar first took to the social media site to complain about a patient who was constantly running late for her appointments. "I have a patient who [is....] either no-show or late (sometime hours) for all of her prenatal visits... She is now 3 hours late for her induction," she shared with her 400 plus Facebook friends. She then went on to ask if that behavior entitled her to "show up late for the delivery." Okay, that's pretty whiney and unprofessional, but not too bad right?
Unfortunately, Dunbar really crossed the line when she later went on to reveal that the patient, who she didn't identify by name, had previously endured a stillbirth. Ugh, can you believe that? What kind of doctor not only openly complains about their clients, but then goes on to share intimate information about them? On FACEBOOK, of all places!
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But I'm far from the only one to find Dunbar's comments inappropriate. Ever since someone posted a screenshot of Dunbar's status on the hospital's "Mercy Moms to Be" Facebook page, the hospital has received hundreds of outraged phone calls and comments, with most asking for "immediate disciplinary action" against the doctor.
Personally, I don't blame them. Dunbar might have had reason to be frustrated with her patient, but she should have dealt with it in a professional manner. And while she might not have identified the woman by name, she still violated the patient-doctor confidentiality agreement. I know I would I would feel too uncomfortable too ever make an appointment with her after this!
It remains to be seen whether the hospital will decide to fire Dunbar or not, but I hope that they at least take some form of disciplinary action against her. She needs to realize that her actions were unethical and should never be repeated again.
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