Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hospital Privacy Breach Case Seeking Class Action Status

Although there have been a number breaches of patients' privacy at Canadian hospitals over the last few years one Ontario hospital is facing a possible class action suit.

Reportedly, 578 patients had their files inappropriately accessed by 14 staff members at an Oshawa health facility. The files included those of mental health patients over a 10-year period.

"the Court of Appeal [will] determine whether to allow a $5.6-million class-action suit over 280 breached medical records to go ahead. ."
- Michael Crystal, plaintiffs' attorney
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(a) Peterborough hospital privacy breach heading back to court - www.mykawartha.com, 12/04/2014

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