The clock radio seemed innocuous enough, a typical addition to any hospital room. Hidden inside the clock, however, was a video camera that recorded doctors and nurses as they worked around the patient, footage that became exhibit Number 1 in a complaint about allegedly shoddy care at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
The radio-cam’s owner was particularly stealthy, but many Canadian hospitals are reporting that surreptitious filming by patients and their relatives is an emerging new trend, paralleling the rapid spread of camera-equipped electronic devices and triggering strong debate.
Officials say people have used smartphones, point-and-shoot cameras and video recorders concealed in such objects as clocks and even Teddy bears to secretly record health-care workers, though they stress the phenomenon is still relatively rare. A psychiatrist at a Calgary hospital is now on trial for sexual assault, the alleged fondling of one patient captured by a wristwatch that hid a…
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