The parents of an intellectually disabled teenager are suing the Health and Disability Commissioner for $300,000 in a landmark human rights case they say is about giving a voice to all disabled New Zealanders.

Glenn and Fran Marshall lodged a complaint against the Health and Disability Commissioner [HDC] with the Human Rights Review Tribunal last month over a case involving their profoundly disabled son Eamon Marshall.

It followed a decision by the Privacy Commissioner that found the watchdog tasked with protecting the rights of patients interfered with the teenager's privacy.

It's the first time in the HDC's 25 year history

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