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patients' rights

Photo ban at many hospitals

Published onsdag 9 november 2011 kl 10.38
"If your picture is put on the 'net, there's no way we can recall it."
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Digital cameras and phones are very common, and make it easy to document hospital visits. Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno/Scanpix.

Parents have to ask permission to photo their own newborn children at some Swedish hospitals.

More county councils are bringing in building-wide bans on photography and filming for their hospitals. Dagens Nyheter reports that, according to the local councils so many people now document their experiences at hospital that staff and other patients feel uncomfortable.

Jonas Rastad at Västerbotten council says that people need to know that they will not be posted up on the internet, on film or photo. Other counties that have a photo-ban are Kalmar, Kronoberg, Värmland, Västra Götaland, Örebro and Östergötland.

Critics, including from the health workers' union, say that photo bans make it harder for abuse at hospitals to be revealed.

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