Jan 122021
 
 January 12, 2021  Posted by  Breaches, Govt, Healthcare, Laws, Non-U.S.

Bayleigh Marelj writes:

Months before British Columbia officially ended the controversial practice of birth alerts, government lawyers advised the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that the practice was “illegal and unconstitutional” and posed a “litigation risk,” according to records obtained by IndigiNews.

When a social worker feels an expectant parent may put their newborn at risk, they can issue a “birth alert” or a “hospital alert,” flagging the expectant parent to hospital staff without their consent, and directing them to notify social workers as soon as the baby’s born.

Read more on Toronto Star.

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