Ca: “Dr. Disgrace” 1st to face Manitoba’s PHIA charges

Dean Pritchard reports:

A former city doctor with a host of prior legal woes was back in Winnipeg court Friday charged with abandoning thousands of patient medical records at his shuttered medical clinic.

George Korol, 62, pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to protect personal health information and was fined $5,000.

Korol is the first person in Manitoba to be convicted on Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) charges.


Court heard a medical clinic Korol had owned, the Westbrook Medical Clinic on Logan Avenue, was in the process of being taken over by the Sunrise Credit Union in March 2010 when workers discovered boxes in the basement, treatment rooms and reception area containing the health files of more than 10,000 patients.

The abandoned files would have been accessible to anyone visiting a pharmacy still operating adjacent to the clinic, Crown attorney Alanna Littman said.

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