This Victorian government just keeps invading our private lives. This new bill, which will be tabled on the 16th of November, has gone unnoticed by many. Even though it will not be enforced until February 2023, and will only last 1 year, it is still a very sneaky path the government has taken.
This bill overrides the Health Act. Gives all the power to the Secretary. Anybody who works in health can access anybody’s private medical records. Going as far back as 5 years. If a healthcare provider refuses to hand it over, they face up to 2 years in prison.
What healthcare providers are they attempting to get records from? All of them. Aged care, hospitals, rehabilitation services, General practice, the works. A healthcare provider can ask for an exemption, but it will be only for a maximum of 6 months.
Everything is to be digitised and stored electronically, so the Secretary has access. Everybody will have a unique identification number. All other healthcare providers also have access. The “No consent” does not apply. Many would believe the mark of the beast has been rubber stamped on patients.
There are clauses which state there can be no unauthorised access, but if you are a healthcare worker, it is null and void. The Secretary has you covered. No more patient/doctor confidentiality. They can even share your information with whoever they please under the new “health” laws.
This is such an underhanded act to table while the people are focused on other things, like freedom.