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Three more SA healthcare staff sacked for snooping

Three more SA Health staff have been sacked over inappropriately accessing patient records.

The sackings were made over the past three months and come on top of two dismissals earlier this year for the same issue.

In February, SA Health revealed that clinicians, including doctors and nurses, were found to have inappropriately accessed medical records, with some snooping on the details of Cy Walsh after the stabbing death of his father last year, former Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh.

Thirteen staff were disciplined for accessing Walsh's records after he was taken to the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide for tests before he was charged with murder.

Six clinicians were also disciplined and two sacked for snooping on other patients.

At the time the government pledged to report on any further action taken against staff every three months.

"The trust between our patients and staff is the bedrock of our high-quality health system and we take any breach of patient confidentiality or privacy extremely seriously," SA Health chief executive David Swan said.

"I made it clear in February of this year that staff inappropriately and deliberately accessing confidential patient information would not be tolerated.

"Regrettably, since then we have terminated the employment of three staff for deliberate, inappropriate access of patient information."

Despite the latest action taken by SA Health, Swan said the vast majority of staff did the right thing, acting professionally and with high ethical standards as they carried out their roles.

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