The Toronto Star editorial board agrees with Acting Commissioner Beamish’s call for sterner measures, under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, than a simple disciplinary action or firing for those who access medical records without authorization.
“He’s right. Hospital staff should be aware that the least of their worries is being disciplined or fired if they invade patient privacy. That’s why Beamish plans to meet with health ministry officials to encourage more prosecutions under the act … Beamish should be congratulated for initiating the meeting. Now Health Minister Eric Hoskins and Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur need to listen – and follow up.”