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Justice Minister Says Doctor Will Not Be Charged

PRIVACY LAW

August 17, 2012

Saskatchewan’s justice minister says there is not enough evidence to charge Dr. Teik Im Ooi under the Health Information Protection Act, reports The Globe and Mail. Private files on some of Ooi’s patients were found in a recycling dumpster last year, but Justice Minister Gord Wyant says there is no evidence that the doctor knew her safeguards on patient privacy were insufficient. No one has been charged under the Health Information Protection Act since it came into force in 2003, the report states, which Wyant says indicates a flaw in the law. An op-ed in The Regina Leader-Post says trustees of health information—“whether organizations or individuals—need to be held accountable for its security and proper disposal.”
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