05/14/2014 05:57 EDT | Updated 07/14/2014 05:59 EDT

Newfoundland health authority reveals privacy breach involving patient records

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador's largest health authority is apologizing following a privacy breach involving patient records.

Eastern Health says one of its employees had inappropriate access to the records of 20 patients.

The employee, who provided administrative support at a St. John's hospital, has resigned.

The health authority says it has identified all of the patients affected by the deliberate breach and is contacting them directly.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has also been advised.

Five workers were let go following a privacy breach involving the records of 122 Eastern Health patients back in 2012. (VOCM)

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