US medical centre staff snooping on celebrity records

April 12th, 2008 - 1:47 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Tom Cruise

London, April 12 (IANS) Employees at the UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles have reportedly been snooping into the medical records of celebrities since 1995, claims a former worker. James Duckstand told a newspaper that a few of the staff, including himself, were fired in 1995 for looking into computer files of patients like Tom Cruise, reports

Earlier this year, the centre had fired 12 people and suspended six after they realised that up to 20 staff members had tried to break the rules and go through the files of pop star Britney Spears.

Duckstand said: “It was news throughout the whole hospital that employees were fired for screwing around in the computer. This was in 1995, and here we are 13 years later - and either they didn’t follow the policy or people didn’t take it that seriously.”

Said David Feinberg, a doctor at UCLA: “(We are treating this) extremely seriously. If we failed in the past, we will do everything we can to improve our systems.”

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