Peterborough lawsuit to set precedent for Ontario patient privacy rights

Joel Eastwood reports:

Patients looking for answers after a string of privacy breaches at GTA hospitals must wait on a lawsuit in Peterborough that could have sweeping implications for all Ontario hospitals.

The class action suit against Peterborough Regional Health Centre will determine whether a patient can sue a hospital for invasion of privacy.

A similar lawsuit launched on behalf of 14,450 patients of Rouge Valley Health System, after two rogue staffers allegedly sold patient information to private companies, is on hold until a Court of Appeal ruling on whether the Peterborough case can go ahead.

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