5 employees fired after Eastern Health privacy breaches

Newfoundland & Labrador — Eastern Health has fired five employees for breaching patient confidentiality, including one nurse who looked up the files of 122 patients.

The health authority — the largest in Newfoundland and Labrador — described that breach involving 122 patients as “significant.”

The employee had inappropriately — and deliberately — accessed the medical records of the patients.

The woman, a nurse who had worked at the health authority for 10 years, was fired on Tuesday.

Chief executive officer Vickie Kaminski apologized Wednesday to the 122 patients involved, and said the authority is now contacting them.

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