Government must start taking health privacy seriously

With the release of another privacy commissioner report today, NDP health critic Danielle Chartier is asking the government to start taking the commissioner’s recommendations, and people’s private health information, seriously.

“In 2010, the independent privacy commissioner made a number of recommendations after revealing that people’s private health information just wasn’t secure in Saskatchewan,” said Chartier. “Four years later, this government hasn’t taken action and we have even more cases of breached privacy, another report and more recommendations. This has got to stop.”

Chartier is calling on the government to take immediate action on all recommendations made by the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner in his 2010 and 2014 reports, and provide a progress report to the legislature when the Assembly convenes in the spring.

Breaches of privacy revealed in the commissioner’s report released today include 1,000 new cases of personal health information, most involving information kept within electronic health records system. They include one case in which details of a transgender person’s hormone therapy were faxed to a school, and another in which hospital test charts were sent to a third party in Moose Jaw.

- 30 -

For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus
306-787-6349
emorrison@ndpcaucus.sk.ca