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Florida judge refuses to stay health records amendment

[JURIST] A Florida judge Tuesday refused to stay a constitutional amendment approved by state voters last month that would require hospitals to release records relating to adverse medical incidents. Florida hospitals had asked for the amendment to be put on hold pending legislative clarification of precisely what records the amendment applied to and how those records were to be released. Circuit Judge Jonathan Sjostrom said that such questions could be resolved in local courts on a case-by-case basis, and there was no need to stall the amendment as passed. Review the text of Amendment 7 and visit the pro-Amendment 7 website of Floridians for Patient Protextion. AP has more.

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