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Hospital operation photos 'appear on Facebook'

Southern General Hospital
The images are believed to have been taken at the Southern General

A nurse has been suspended amid reports that photos of patients having operations were posted on the social networking site Facebook.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed it had launched an investigation after an incident at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

Patients were not thought to be identifiable in the images.

According to the Daily Record newspaper, other staff were unaware that the pictures were being taken.

It is thought the photographs were taken using a mobile phone and were reportedly spotted on the internet by one of the nurse's colleagues.

Photography ban

Margaret Watt, chair of Scotland Patients' Association, said it was "totally unacceptable" and a breach of a patients' human rights.

"The health board have taken the appropriate action by suspending the person," she said.

"But I would like to think that there is some kind of law where the police are able to take some action against these people.

"Because this was a breach of the patient's human rights and their privacy."

She said mobile phone photography should be banned in hospitals.

It is understood the photographs have been removed from Facebook, but a spokesperson for the website said they were in contact with hospital bosses to make sure.

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