What’s the deal with this?
Gynecology doctors and gynecologists are in an uproar about the news that they won’t be able to have their patients’ private photographs displayed on websites like Facebook.
The controversy comes after a judge ruled in February that the NHS had the right to keep images of all medical staff from the public domain.
The NHS said the ruling was a “grave misjudgement”.
It argued that it had the legal right to make use of the images of its staff as part of its public health functions, including keeping patients’ personal information confidential.
But this ruling has prompted a backlash among gynecologist and paediatricians who say they’re being forced to keep their patients private.
A few days ago, Dr David Wrens from the University of Bristol and his colleagues at St George’s Hospital in Bristol, were photographed wearing pink ribbons as part on a day-long charity event to raise money for the NHS.
The hospital said it would now have to remove the ribbons.
Dr Wren said: “It is an extraordinary situation and I would say it is an absolutely shocking one for the doctors, who are doing their job as the only people who know what they’re doing.”
But the ruling also highlighted a wider issue with the NHS, as it has no obligation to keep private images.
In June, the NHS said it had to keep all images of staff and patients confidential as part in its public relations efforts.
It said: The Government has said that it does not have the power to control what the public may see of its medical services.
But it is not legally obliged to.
If the NHS does not want to comply, it can remove its public image.
The decision to take the pictures has caused uproar among doctors, and prompted some to join the protests on Facebook.
One Facebook user, a doctor named Nick, posted a picture of his doctor’s outfit on Twitter: The hospital has defended its decision to keep the images private.
Dr Nick, a paediatrician from St George, said: I think the public are being lied to and misrepresented.
The pictures were taken for a charity event in July.
Dr David was photographed in a green shirt with a pink ribbon.
Dr Mark was photographed wearing a blue jumper and a green T-shirt with the word “Lucky” written on it.
He said: It is really important to me that the public don’t get the impression that I’m hiding something, that I haven’t had a very good day.
I’m happy to share with them what I am doing, as I am happy to work in my field, as they are all professionals, and I don’t feel that they are being misled by a few media people.
He was photographed with his partner, who is also a paedophile.
The images were taken as part the charity event at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
Dr Andrew said: These pictures were part of a charity run by the hospital.
We thought that this was a good thing to do for the patients.
He told the BBC that his doctor had not told him the reason why the hospital had taken the pictures, but he said: He is a very conscientious person.
He would do anything to be there.
The charity was not able to take part in the photo shoot as the pictures were seized by the police.
But the photographs are not the only pictures of staff taken during the event.
Other images were also shared on social media.
One woman wrote on Facebook: I am so sorry for the children!
My husband and I took these pictures, we had a great time with them!
Another wrote: I was very proud to share these photos.
They show my husband’s lovely wife and children with their families.
They are also a great testament to how caring people can be in such a difficult situation.
Dr Paul said the hospital was “not being very nice”.
He said the images were “very sad”.
He told Radio 4’s Today programme: The whole hospital is not in favour of these pictures.
It’s just not right.
“It’s just an outrage.
It seems like we’ve just been pushed to the point where we have to be very careful about what we put on social networks.”
The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust said in a statement that the images taken during a charity charity event were “not intended to be an endorsement of any particular patient”.
The hospital says it was taking steps to remove all images that had been shared on the social media site, and said it was working with the police and other law enforcement agencies.
The trust said it will also be contacting those who took the photos.
The BBC’s Steve Evans said he was “sickened” by the images and that he would not comment further.