Sunday 30 August 2020
Respect health worker's rights to privacy and confidentiality
Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā has been made aware that some media outlets and journalists have been approaching members of the health workforce in Tokoroa to provide more information as to the identity of the health worker who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
We are extremely disappointed by these actions and call on the media, and the general public, to respect the privacy and confidentiality of the health worker and their family. We urge the media to act with decency and allow this person and their family the time needed to recover. As a health worker, this person is entitled to the same privacy and confidentiality rights promised to all New Zealanders.
We respectfully request that the media cease the gathering of information to identify the health worker or their family. We also ask that in the event that this information does become available, the media will act with integrity and refrain from publishing it, or contacting the family involved.
Since the emergence of COVID-19 in Aotearoa, the nation’s health workforce has been committed and dedicated to testing, managing and protecting the country from COVID-19.
Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā commends and honours our health workforce in their efforts.
Our health workforce abides by health and safety protocols for COVID-19 at all times and despite wearing full PPE, international experience shows us that the health workforce is still highly susceptible.
COVID-19 is easily spread and we call on all New Zealanders to be prepared, maintain hygiene practices, wash your hands regularly, maintain 2m social distancing and wear a face mask when out in public, particularly when using public transport.