Nosy UCLA MDs Got Off Easier Than Other Staff

Some of the non-docs who peeked at Britney's files were fired
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2008 11:17 AM CDT
Britney Spears sits in the passenger seat of her car after leaving hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008.    (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) – The MDs who wrongly looked at Britney Spears’ medical records while she was being treated on two occasions at UCLA hospitals have gotten off easier than other staff, the Los Angeles Times reports. Of the at least 53 snoopers, 18 non-doctors retired, resigned, or were dismissed, but none of the 14 physicians with prying eyes quit or was fired.

UCLA doctors are reviewed by their peers while other employees have to face HR, but the chief executive of the hospital group—which is now looking into other breaches of privacy—said all employees should be held to the same standard. He promised a change of culture at UCLA, with no extra leniency for doctors and much tougher policies on invasions of privacy. (Read more Britney Spears stories.)