The Missouri doctor was upset about the patient’s lateness. Dr. Amy Dunbar wrote:
So I have a patient who has chosen to either no-show or be late (sometimes hours) for all of her prenatal visits, ultrasounds, and NSTs. She is now three hours late for her induction.
Because no patient’s name was revealed, confidentiality wasn’t breached, but the hospital the doctor is affiliated with issued a statement.
Mercy Hospital issued a straight-faced statement: “Mercy values the dignity and privacy of all our patients and we are very sorry that this incident occurred. While our privacy compliance staff has confirmed that this physician’s comments did not represent a breach of privacy laws, they were inappropriate and not in line with our values of respect and dignity.”