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VA Staffers Decry Info Sessions

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

November 5, 2010

Information sessions designed to educate Veterans Affairs department staff on data handling are having a demoralizing effect on some within the department who claim they are being made to pay for the failures of those in positions of authority, the Canadian Press reports. Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn promised the sessions after the Office of the Privacy Commissioner found that the VA contravened the Privacy Act in sharing a veteran's sensitive records among government officials. "A statement by the Senior Management Committee acknowledging and accepting responsibility for this violation of the Privacy Act would go much further than forcing staff to attend a 'Need to Know' information session," said one VA staffer.
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