Ca: St. Joe's patient files found in dumpster behind coffee shop

John Burman of the Hamilton Spectator reports:

St. Joseph’s Healthcare will tell nearly a dozen patients today their private health information has been found in a garbage dumpster behind an Etobicoke coffee shop.

Copies of patient records made by a resident physician at the hospital in 2001 turned up strewn around a fenced dumpster behind Williams Coffee Pub, just off the Queensway near Sherway Gardens mall.


Higgins said the doctor who made the copies when he was a resident at the hospital in 2001 is no longer at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

“We will take guidance from the (Ontario) privacy commissioner’s office on the most appropriate approach to that individual,” he said.

“And we will be reviewing our processes to see if there is any system weakness,” Higgins said.

The documents indicate they were dictated by a resident named Aimal Sediq. The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons registry indicates a Dr. Aimal Sediq graduated in 2001.

Full story – Hamilton Spectator

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