Publicising abortion cases on social media ‘despicable’, says Minister

Harris says any leak of information regarding a patient’s care would be very serious

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he would defend and protect the confidentiality of patients. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he would defend and protect the confidentiality of patients. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Posts on social media which purport to identify hospitals where the first abortions under new legislation were being carried out are “despicable”, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

He said he found such incidents to be “extraordinarily unedifying”.

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