They didn't have a problem handing over records for legitimate issues, but the information not being given is that the requests for records weren't even complete. They were requesting information on midwives and patients they didn't even have the names for. That's what happens when baseless complaints are made. They throw out accusations of problems without even having complete information on the issue. It was, in fact, a fishing expedition and was meant to be a hassle. Thus that is why it is called harrassment and that is why OHLA immediately withdrew their investigations after their records requests were denied. They had nothing to back it up, no ground to force Andaluz to present records.
"In April and May 2010, the OHLA sent out five subpoenas to midwives from Andaluz Waterbirth Center demanding medical records to investigate “complaints”, though it was unclear that legitimate complaints were actually made, as OHLA didn’t even know the name of some of the birthing mothers or other details, such as who the midwife was (note that the birthing mothers were angry about complaints being filed about them against their midwives). Andaluz lawyer, Roy Haber, notified OHLA that the birthing files would not be provided because the OHLA did not have any “cause” to believe that the complaints had any merit. After receiving the letter refusing the records, the OHLA withdrew all of the investigations. A sixth case against an Andaluz midwife was also dropped after Haber demanded a list of witnesses."
posted 2 years, 10 months ago
view in context