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Class-Action Filed Against Eastern Health

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA

August 21, 2012

CBC News reports that a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Newfoundland and Labrador’s Eastern Health. The lawsuit follows the health authority’s disclosure in July that five employees had been fired for privacy breaches, including a nurse who accessed 122 patient records without permission. Despite an apology from Eastern Health’s chief executive officer, the plaintiffs’ attorney says there seems to be “a lack of sensitivity in terms of the impact that these breaches have had on people, and so far, the apology hasn’t been satisfactory.” The attorney also brought a class-action suit last week against Western Health over a privacy breach involving 1,043 patients’ medical records.
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