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Health Minister Apologizes

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA

May 6, 2010

Saskatchewan Health Minister Don McMorris says he consulted Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson before amending data sharing rules for Saskatchewan hospitals, but it was years ago and under another government party, reports The Canadian Press. McMorris has come under fire for leading the house to believe that he spoke with Commissioner Dickson recently about legislative changes that now allow Saskatchewan hospitals to share patient names and addresses with fundraising foundations without patient consent. McMorris apologized for misleading the house and has acknowledged that the commissioner has never been in favor of the changes.
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