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  • Mar
    May 27, 2013 - 07:18

    Eastern Beth is the worst.I worked there and I do know of many many staff at even the reception or switch looks up the patients history and details.I actually know one particular staff who told her daughter her friend had a baby,when it was clearly marked no information to be given out.Now this girl who had a baby didn't want the boy to know,but the Gil that works on switch board knew the relationship and leaked out information to her daughter?The girl who delivered the child mother was angry and shouted at the reception where off course everyone denied and said oh no we don't give out information they are a set of liar.

  • terry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Another reason Danny went outside the province to get medical help,no confidenciality or privacy here,can't blame him for that.

  • Josef
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    All staff with all of the health authorities, as far as I'm aware, have to sign a confidentiality agreement upon hire. I'm sure that thousands of staff are in contact with personal medical information daily. Isn't this agreement covering that material? Can anyone clarify please?

  • Jake
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Eastern Health needs a major overhaul from the top down. This is so uncalled for, no privacy any more, and no respect for confidentiality. These people should be named publicly, and also put to shame. The family members also should sue the Provincial Government. THis will wake the beaurocrats up.

  • Ed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    A three month suspension is not enough, they should be fired and there should be some sort of criminal charge that applies to this activity.

    However, the good news is that we are now being told about these things, a few years ago it would have been covered up. Now that we are being informed, lets make sure we have the penalty match the crime . These people knew what they were doing was wrong, they couldn't be trusted then, they cannot be trusted now. They should be FIRED.

    The good news, most of the staff and managers at Eastern Health are good people who try to do a good job, lets just continue to weed out the problem people
    as quickly as possible - it will get better.

  • T
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    @ David W:
    Most, if not all, of those 3000 people require access to patient information in order to do their jobs. Things such as bloodwork, medications, surgical procedures and summaries of previous appointments are needed by health care professionals in order to make a plan and ultimately provide the best care for the patient.
    While its unfortunate that this happened - its a few bad apples that end up spoiling things for everyone. As soon as something comes up in the media about Eastern Health, its oh, big bad eastern health is at it again . The vast majority of the people working at eastern health are here trying to do their jobs to the best of their ability. Further restricting health records to the employees makes it more difficult for that to happen.

  • Jackie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    I would completely freak out if my neighbors were looking up my confidential health information like that. I have nothing to hide, but it feels like such a breach of trust.

    It's time Eastern Health just flattens the whole organization and rebuilds from the ground up. It's corruption, it's dishonesty, it's broken policies. If you can't trust your employees, get rid of them. When the public can't trust the healthcare providers of this city, that's unacceptable.

  • DB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Bring on the Danny bashers, I guess it was his fault that these people took it upon themselves to do this.

  • John Doe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    So after action was taken agaist 27 people, the wonderful employees at EH still keep on violating the law. I think this really speaks to the kind of people employed at this disfunctional authority. As well, this goes much deeper then looking at the records of a potential boyfriend, what about the huge financial gains that could be made. If you are buying a home from someone, or entering in to some sort of contract, all theese criminals have to do is look into a family's medical records to see if someone has a terminal illness, or some other such info, so as to aid in the deal. These people should have been imediately fired, or even charged under the criminal code.

  • David W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    3000 of the 12000 Eastern Health employees have full access to medical information of patients. That number needs to be redduced significantly in addition to the punishment being changed to firing if caught snooping.

  • Sandra
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    This stuff always goes on in NL and has been acceptable, however, in other provinces one program of gov is not allowed to access another, no matter what unless there is written authorization on file. This is another problem with prob's and patient human rights. For example if one of Eastern Health's program people want to access info on someone in another
    Eastern Health program, they can. This should not be allowed. Too many people having access to private info on people's lives, all aspects, when they should only access the one program on that person, they are working with.

    If you sign a document with a community nurse visiting at home and you sign authorization to access info, other people at Eastern Health, such as child welfare or hospitals - other depts can access also because they have a open authorization for anyone at Eastern Health to access and there are many programs. There should not be a blank authorization, but only for the program the patient/ person is involved in. Also no other program staff should have access to other programs and patient files. Don't care if they are nurse, doctor, social worker, whomever. It is kind of like social services accessing all of a person's information when they have no business. Or picking up the phone and getting the info from another nurse by phone when they do not have authorization (off the record). This is going on too and should be banned. Gov has a mentality in this province, they can do what they want. Other prov's don't and have strict penalities and privacy legislation/protocol in place against this, so this kind of abuse does not happen.

  • Heather
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    These people should be fired - not suspended. A couple of months ago there was a story in the paper about a woman who couldn't get a job at Eastern Health because 8 or 9 years ago she commited a minor offense (I think it was shop lifting) and couldn't get a police clearance certificate. Did these people have to provide them?

  • Patient
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Come on people really??? do you think that everyone at that hospital with access to files have not done this at some point or another, are you all that naive???? People are people, and whether they sign the confidential agreement or not, is irrevalent, when someone wants to know something they will find out... most of them just dont get caught.

    Do I think its right, absolutely not, but honestly, how do you fix a problem like this, these people have to have access to patient files to do their jobs...it is a nasty world out there and you are always going to have employees break the rules.

    But I agree, suspending them is a joke, they need to be fired and not only fired, they need to be charged with beach of trust. Their names should be out there for all the public to see.

  • Justin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Eastern Health is at best a blatant, flat out joke. What an excuse for a health care organization. Poor management=Poor staff, this IS the bottom line.

  • Sick but too
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    How about fire them and get it over with. They have demonstrated that they can not be trusted. Whats next, they start to walk out with drugs to sell?

    Time to put the foot down for a change. The Union needs to remove these people if Eastern Health is too afraid to protect the people of this province. Set an example of decent business practices for a change rather then playing damage control.

  • Sea-Dog
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    well well well what an interesting crowd this bunch at Eastern Health is with their trusted leader Vickie (Bad News) Kaminski & her now famous daily news conferences. (guess what happened bad today stories by Vickie).Hey thats not a bad idea for a new TV programme where every day they could show 10 clients medical files on TV for everyone to see, why not thats what staff at Eastern Health does anyway we could name it LIGHT LUNCHTIME READING by Vickie . What a bloody crock this all is .confidential my A$$

  • avalanche
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    I want a personal copy of my medical records. I want all my records anywhere outside my jeans pocket deleted and wiped out. Electronic records are a recipe for disaster. Too easy to acccess, too easy to hack into, too easy to steal, too easy to abuse, and too easy to make an erroneous keystroke and give you an illness you never had, which then makes it too easy to give you the wrong drug, making it too easy to have serious complications and too easy to accidentally kill you.

  • Sounding
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    @David W from NL

    Correct but keep in mind different medical specialists like pharmacists have I believe global access instead of local access so not all have full access across the whole system.

    Still this was illegal in my opinion for anyone to breach the system. Let's call it for the term most used when break and enter a computer system - hacking!

  • Joanne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    And so the Health Care System snowball keeps rolling down the hill faster and faster, getting bigger and bigger. We'll soon be at the bottom.

  • terry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Another reason Danny went outside the province to get medical help,no confidenciality or privacy here,can't blame him for that.

  • Josef
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    All staff with all of the health authorities, as far as I'm aware, have to sign a confidentiality agreement upon hire. I'm sure that thousands of staff are in contact with personal medical information daily. Isn't this agreement covering that material? Can anyone clarify please?

  • Jake
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Eastern Health needs a major overhaul from the top down. This is so uncalled for, no privacy any more, and no respect for confidentiality. These people should be named publicly, and also put to shame. The family members also should sue the Provincial Government. THis will wake the beaurocrats up.

  • Ed
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    A three month suspension is not enough, they should be fired and there should be some sort of criminal charge that applies to this activity.

    However, the good news is that we are now being told about these things, a few years ago it would have been covered up. Now that we are being informed, lets make sure we have the penalty match the crime . These people knew what they were doing was wrong, they couldn't be trusted then, they cannot be trusted now. They should be FIRED.

    The good news, most of the staff and managers at Eastern Health are good people who try to do a good job, lets just continue to weed out the problem people
    as quickly as possible - it will get better.

  • T
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    @ David W:
    Most, if not all, of those 3000 people require access to patient information in order to do their jobs. Things such as bloodwork, medications, surgical procedures and summaries of previous appointments are needed by health care professionals in order to make a plan and ultimately provide the best care for the patient.
    While its unfortunate that this happened - its a few bad apples that end up spoiling things for everyone. As soon as something comes up in the media about Eastern Health, its oh, big bad eastern health is at it again . The vast majority of the people working at eastern health are here trying to do their jobs to the best of their ability. Further restricting health records to the employees makes it more difficult for that to happen.

  • Jackie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    I would completely freak out if my neighbors were looking up my confidential health information like that. I have nothing to hide, but it feels like such a breach of trust.

    It's time Eastern Health just flattens the whole organization and rebuilds from the ground up. It's corruption, it's dishonesty, it's broken policies. If you can't trust your employees, get rid of them. When the public can't trust the healthcare providers of this city, that's unacceptable.

  • DB
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Bring on the Danny bashers, I guess it was his fault that these people took it upon themselves to do this.

  • David W
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    3000 of the 12000 Eastern Health employees have full access to medical information of patients. That number needs to be redduced significantly in addition to the punishment being changed to firing if caught snooping.

  • John Doe
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    So after action was taken agaist 27 people, the wonderful employees at EH still keep on violating the law. I think this really speaks to the kind of people employed at this disfunctional authority. As well, this goes much deeper then looking at the records of a potential boyfriend, what about the huge financial gains that could be made. If you are buying a home from someone, or entering in to some sort of contract, all theese criminals have to do is look into a family's medical records to see if someone has a terminal illness, or some other such info, so as to aid in the deal. These people should have been imediately fired, or even charged under the criminal code.

  • Sandra
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    This stuff always goes on in NL and has been acceptable, however, in other provinces one program of gov is not allowed to access another, no matter what unless there is written authorization on file. This is another problem with prob's and patient human rights. For example if one of Eastern Health's program people want to access info on someone in another
    Eastern Health program, they can. This should not be allowed. Too many people having access to private info on people's lives, all aspects, when they should only access the one program on that person, they are working with.

    If you sign a document with a community nurse visiting at home and you sign authorization to access info, other people at Eastern Health, such as child welfare or hospitals - other depts can access also because they have a open authorization for anyone at Eastern Health to access and there are many programs. There should not be a blank authorization, but only for the program the patient/ person is involved in. Also no other program staff should have access to other programs and patient files. Don't care if they are nurse, doctor, social worker, whomever. It is kind of like social services accessing all of a person's information when they have no business. Or picking up the phone and getting the info from another nurse by phone when they do not have authorization (off the record). This is going on too and should be banned. Gov has a mentality in this province, they can do what they want. Other prov's don't and have strict penalities and privacy legislation/protocol in place against this, so this kind of abuse does not happen.

  • Heather
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    These people should be fired - not suspended. A couple of months ago there was a story in the paper about a woman who couldn't get a job at Eastern Health because 8 or 9 years ago she commited a minor offense (I think it was shop lifting) and couldn't get a police clearance certificate. Did these people have to provide them?

  • Patient
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Come on people really??? do you think that everyone at that hospital with access to files have not done this at some point or another, are you all that naive???? People are people, and whether they sign the confidential agreement or not, is irrevalent, when someone wants to know something they will find out... most of them just dont get caught.

    Do I think its right, absolutely not, but honestly, how do you fix a problem like this, these people have to have access to patient files to do their jobs...it is a nasty world out there and you are always going to have employees break the rules.

    But I agree, suspending them is a joke, they need to be fired and not only fired, they need to be charged with beach of trust. Their names should be out there for all the public to see.

  • Justin
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Eastern Health is at best a blatant, flat out joke. What an excuse for a health care organization. Poor management=Poor staff, this IS the bottom line.

  • Sick but too
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    How about fire them and get it over with. They have demonstrated that they can not be trusted. Whats next, they start to walk out with drugs to sell?

    Time to put the foot down for a change. The Union needs to remove these people if Eastern Health is too afraid to protect the people of this province. Set an example of decent business practices for a change rather then playing damage control.

  • Sea-Dog
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    well well well what an interesting crowd this bunch at Eastern Health is with their trusted leader Vickie (Bad News) Kaminski & her now famous daily news conferences. (guess what happened bad today stories by Vickie).Hey thats not a bad idea for a new TV programme where every day they could show 10 clients medical files on TV for everyone to see, why not thats what staff at Eastern Health does anyway we could name it LIGHT LUNCHTIME READING by Vickie . What a bloody crock this all is .confidential my A$$

  • avalanche
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    I want a personal copy of my medical records. I want all my records anywhere outside my jeans pocket deleted and wiped out. Electronic records are a recipe for disaster. Too easy to acccess, too easy to hack into, too easy to steal, too easy to abuse, and too easy to make an erroneous keystroke and give you an illness you never had, which then makes it too easy to give you the wrong drug, making it too easy to have serious complications and too easy to accidentally kill you.

  • Sounding
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    @David W from NL

    Correct but keep in mind different medical specialists like pharmacists have I believe global access instead of local access so not all have full access across the whole system.

    Still this was illegal in my opinion for anyone to breach the system. Let's call it for the term most used when break and enter a computer system - hacking!

  • Joanne
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    And so the Health Care System snowball keeps rolling down the hill faster and faster, getting bigger and bigger. We'll soon be at the bottom.