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NDP seeks answers in breach of privacy

NDP health critic France Gélinas said Ontarians are owed an explanation for revelations that some people's personal health information was shared with the United States' Department of Homeland Security.
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With its new three-year strategic plan the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) hopes to improve the health or northerners through better access to services and improving wait times. File photo.
NDP health critic France Gélinas said Ontarians are owed an explanation for revelations that some people's personal health information was shared with the United States' Department of Homeland Security.

“All Ontarians need to be assured that their personal information is never shared without their consent,” Gélinas, the MPP for Nickel Belt, said in a release. “When Ontarians sees privacy cracks in their health information, it is their confidence in the health-care system that crumbles.”

Toronto resident Ellen Richardson went to the media after private details of her medical history were used to deny her entry to the United States. Gélinas’ office has heard from other Ontarians who have experienced similar situations since Richardson has come forward.

In an email to Northern Life, Gélinas said all the cases so far have been in southern Ontario.

If you have had your privacy violated in this manner, and wish to share your story, please contact Northern Life's health reporter, Jonathan Migneault, at jmigneault@northernlife.ca.


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