05/05/2012 01:51 EDT | Updated 07/05/2012 05:12 EDT

Seven fired after privacy breach at Peterborough, Ont., hospital

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - A Peterborough, Ont., hospital says it has fired seven employees over a privacy breach involving patient information.

Officials at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre say the incident relates to a number of confidential medical records.

They say in one case, the accused were curious about a severely overweight patient.

The patient, Sarah Parish, says she is now reluctant to seek treatment at the hospital.

The hospital's vice-president, Jane Parr, has condemned the employees' behaviour but says such abuses are rare.

She says hospital officials are taking steps to prevent any future breaches. (CKRU)