State Employee Says Tweet Cost Her Job

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An employee of University Medical Center in Jackson says she resigned after being admonished over a message she posted to Gov. Haley Barbour on the networking site Twitter.

Barbour recently said on Twitter that he's looking forward to hearing the Mississippi Legislature's ideas on trimming state expenses.

Jennifer Carter then tweeted this message: "Schedule regular medical exams like everyone else instead of paying UMC employees over time to do it ..."

Carter told WLBT television that she was referring to a story she had heard about Barbour scheduling a Saturday checkup. She says she was strongly urged to resign for breaking patient privacy laws.

UMC confirmed the resignation. The governor's office declined comment when contacted by WLBT.


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  • by David Location: Jackson, MS on Dec 27, 2009 at 09:49 PM
    She knew what she was doing and thought she wouldn't get caught. Dumb on both counts. Lesson learned.
  • by Jay on Dec 22, 2009 at 11:19 PM
    What is wrong with her! Anyone in the medical field can tell you the three rules of. 1. Safety first 2. Respect patient confodetiality or kiss your ___ byebye 3. The fish sticks in the caf. are edabel but not advisable.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    Surely she isnt upset over this? Its her own fault and like Jr says, she should have know better. This story is a waste of space. Any HALF WAY bright person know better.........Take the last three letters off of TWITTER and I do believe you have a prime example of what this lady is.
  • by jr on Dec 22, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    Federal regulations prohibit any medical info from being released. She should have known better, but figured she would not get caught. She is lucky she was not fired.
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