Fifteen hospital workers have been fired and another eight disciplined for looking at medical records of octuplet mother Nadya Suleman without permission, hospital officials said Monday.
Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center reported the violations of healthcare privacy laws to the state and has warned employees to keep away from Suleman's records unless they have a medical purpose, hospital spokesman Jim Anderson said.
"Despite the notoriety of this case, to us this person is a patient who deserves the privacy that all our patients get," Anderson said.
Anderson would not elaborate on how the other eight employees were reprimanded, saying only that the punishments were significant.
Anderson said Kaiser does not believe any of Suleman's information was shared with the media, based on the results of their inquiry.
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