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Princess Marina compromise patients privacy and confidentiality

There are fears that haphazard keeping of patient’s medical records at Princess Marina Hospital has a potential to compromise patients privacy and confidentiality.

The damming claims were revealed in a research paper titled “Privacy and confidentiality in the management of patient records at Princess Marina Hospital” published in the European Journal of Academic Research. The paper also posit that pundits are of the view that confidentiality of medical records could be threatened leading to misappropriation and disclosure of medical records for financial gain, to cause harm or embarrassment.

University of Botswana, lead researcher Iwani Yvnove Ndabambi and her peers were of the view that patient’s privacy and confidentiality could be compromised by an unauthorized person at the hospital. According to the research paper the problem at Princess Marina was exacerbated by inadequate patient records storage, access and security of patient records which may lead to the violation of patient privacy and confidentiality.

Almost 105 interviewed people who  were comprised of medical professionals, Doctors, Nurses and others staff members felt that patients records were not safe at  the hospital.  Ndabambi also revealed that the challenges of congested storage facilities, unauthorized access and inadequate safety and security measures in safeguarding patient records was at the real problem.

“It can be concluded that since some patient records storages are not secure, patient privacy and confidentiality could be compromised by unauthorized users. This is especially true for manual patient records, but electronic patient records are also faced by the same problem since passwords are not hacker free and some computers can be left logged hence creating room for violations of patient privacy and confidentiality,” states the research paper.


The research also noted that non-existence of regulatory framework to address patient privacy and confidentiality was worrisome. According the paper the frameworks are in relation to laws, policies and procedures on safe keeping of patients’ records. It further posits that the absence of law on regulation of medical records and policies to guide management of patients records defeat the purpose of keeping patients records safe.

The researchers recommended that there is need to speed, develop and review laws on handling of patients’ records in hospital for the protection of patient records as far as privacy and confidentiality are concerned. The search findings also revealed that there were challenges of congested storage facilities, unauthorized access and inadequate safety and security measures in safeguarding patient records.


The report further state, “It can be concluded that since some patient records storages are not secure, patient privacy and confidentiality could be compromised by unauthorized users.” According to the paper this is especially true for manual patients’ records, but electronic patients records are also faced by the same problem since passwords are not hacker free and some computers can be left logged on. Opening of flood gates where everyone has access to patients’ records also creates room for violations of patient privacy and confidentiality.

The researchers recommended that Princess Marina Hospital should conduct an appraisal exercise in order to decongest the patient records storage. The decongestion would facilitate easy retrieval of patient records. According to the researchers the appraisal exercise could inform the hospital on the records that need to be destroyed and those that need permanent preservation.

The paper also advised Princess Marina Hospital to invest in the security of patient records. The paper further recommended  that the “ Offsite patient records storages should be guarded by security officers as well as install security alarm systems to alert on unauthorized intrusions to buildings.”

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The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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