04/25/2013 09:04 EDT | Updated 06/25/2013 05:12 EDT

Charges laid after patients' medical records inappropriately breached

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Charges have been laid against two former employees of regional health authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador alleged to have improperly accessed the personal medical records of patients.

One of the accused is a former employee of the Eastern Health District, while the other used to work for the Western Health District.

Both are charged under the province's Personal Health Information Act.

Ed Ring, the province's information and privacy commissioner, says his office began investigating the privacy breaches after receiving complaints last year.

Ring says patients were contacted and notified of the breaches by the health authorities.

The former employees have separate court dates scheduled for next month.