Ca: Brampton Civic Hospital employee used private patient information to get opioids

680 News reports:

A hospital employee at Brampton Civic Hospital allegedly used the private information of a hospital day surgery patient to obtain narcotics, which were then never given to the patient.

A CityNews viewer shared her correspondence letter with the hospital in August of this year informing her of the privacy breach. The letter says her “personal health information was inappropriately used by a hospital employee within Brampton Civic Hospital in order to access narcotics (Percocet) for non-hospital related use,” and which were “never given to you.”

…. CityNews has reached out to William Osler Health System who provided the following statement:

“As of August 2, 2017 Osler had notified all 11,358 patients affected over a number of years and concluded its internal investigation into an isolated incident of a former hospital employee who stole medication for non-hospital use.

Read more on 680 News.  It’s not clear from the article what might have happened if the patients whose info was misused actually needed narcotics – would they have been able to get them or would the history of their name being used to dispense have fouled them up?

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