Ca: Confidential medical records scattered in parking lot after car break-in

Rosie Gillingham reports:

A couple of city parking enforcement officers on routine patrol in downtown St. John’s Friday morning found something more interesting than illegally parked cars. Randy Bragg and Kerwin Thomas discovered a huge mess — hundreds of papers scattered on a parking lot between Duckworth Street and Henry Street.

But it was more than just garbage.

When the men began cleaning up the mess, they discovered it was actually confidential medical records.
The documents included everything from patient medical backgrounds, surgery information, urology reports, doctor-to-doctor correspondence and doctors’ dictated notes on ultrasound photos, and a voice recording device.


In an statement emailed to The Telegram, Eastern Health spokeswoman Jackie O’Brien confirmed the documents belonged to a practising physician, who had them stolen from his car. “At this time, we can confirm that the majority of the documents were not the property of Eastern Health,” she said.

She said most of the documents have been retrieved and have been returned to the physician.

Read more in the The Telegram.  I don’t see any statement on Eastern Health’s web site as of the time of this posting.

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