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Health Minister: I Did Not Breach Privacy Laws

PRIVACY LAW

November 12, 2010

The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) says it is preparing a brief to the privacy commissioner alleging that the region's health minister breached a St. John's physician's privacy, CBC News reports. NLMA President Pat O'Shea says Health Minister Jerome Kennedy crossed a line by disclosing the specific salary details of one physician during a media briefing on the topic. Kennedy says the public is entitled to know the salary details because the group of physicians in question "made compensation a very public issue," and government has an obligation to share full details. Privacy Commissioner Ed Ring said he could not conclude whether Kennedy breached privacy law before completing an investigation.
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