The HSE has ordered a full investigation after a ‘spy camera’ was found hidden at a Donegal hospital.
The camera, which was hidden in a cardboard box at Letterkenny General Hospital, was located at a maintenance office and allegedly used for security surveillance.
The CCTV device has now been decommissioned and an investigation is under way to establish why it was necessary in the first place.
Answers are also being sought about how long it was in place and if staff have been compromised.
The camera was hidden on a shelf with a hole cut out of the cardboard box to allegedly spy on staff.
The HSE has confirmed the operation of the secret camera operation.
The controversy over the unauthorised monitoring of one sector of staff has been described as a very serious incident that has breached their basic human rights. Serious issues of confidentiality in the workplace also remain to be answered, according to workers at the hospital.
This incident has led to concerns about what other covert operations might be taking place at the general hospital or on HSE properties in Donegal.
Staff have expressed concerns that their rights to privacy have been seriously compromised and they are now waiting for further clarification from hospital management.
The issue will also be raised with the health minister in the Dáil next week.
A spokesperson for the HSE said that the CCTV camera incident has been the subject of a recent inquiry and a final report is being submitted to hospital management.
The HSE confirmed that the unauthorised CCTV camera was in a maintenance office and patients and visitors to the hospital were not affected.
Who exactly might have been affected has not been specified.
The HSE spokesperson said: “The staff who work in the office were aware of its presence as they had concerns about access to the office.”
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