There aren’t many things in Britney Spears’ life that are kept private, but the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles thinks her medical file should be one of them.
Several employees, including doctors, are facing termination from the hospital after sneaking peaks at the pop star’s confidential medical records.
The workers reportedly looked at records from Spears’ hospitalizations prior to her visits to the center’s psychiatric ward earlier this year.
The state’s privacy laws only allow hospital employees directly dealing with patients to examine their medical files.
At least 13 employees violated these laws and will be fired, six more have been suspended and six doctors are under investigation.
“It’s not only surprising, it’s very frustrating, and it’s very disappointing,” the hospital director of human resources, Jeri Simpson, told the Los Angeles Times. “I feel like we do everything that we possibly can to ensure the privacy of our patients, and I know we feel horrible that it happened again.”
Simpson went on to say, “I don’t know what it is about this particular person. I don’t know what it is about her.”
The hospital faced similar problems following the birth of Spears’ son, Sean Preston, in 2005 and had to lay off workers for snooping around the star’s files.