I work for a very large Local Gov Organisation and our Human Resources division - of which OHS is part - proposes to restructure its administrative support services. The proposal is that there will be one "professional support service" supporting all areas of HR and that no area shall retain its own dedicated administrative support. Our argument - that we must retain dedicated support staff due to medical confidentiality is falling on deaf ears, with management asserting that all HR work is confidential and staff merely need to sign a confidentiality agreement re OHS. We continue to "build the case against" but can anyone direct us to explicit guidance on this point. (RCN, FoM ect merely refer to the need to maintain confidentiality).
Has anyone else faced this prospect and, if so, what evidence did you use to counter it? Alternatively, is anyone working with such an arrangement and, if so, what measures have been instituted to ensure the confidentiality of medical information is maintained?
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