Doctor fired for accessing female patients’ records

by Ryan Smith18 Jul 2016
A New Brunswick doctor has been fired after it was revealed that he had checked the medical files of more than 100 women and girls, including co-workers, waitresses and women he met in bars and at the gym, according to the Toronto Star.

Dr. Fernando Rojas Lievano, of Moncton, N.B., accessed the files of 141 patients on 350 separate occasions, the Star reported. All of the patients were women or girls between the ages of 13 and 39.

Rojas Lievano had been on leave since the allegations surfaced in 2014, according to the Star. Dr. Ed Schollenberg, registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick, confirmed to the Star Thursday that Rojas Lievano had been fired. Schollenberg said there had been a “great deal of anxiety” at Dr. Georges L. Dumont Hospital Centre in Moncton about the possibility that Rojas Lievano would return to work.

“They … didn’t want him to come back and they didn’t want to work with him,” Schollenberg told the Star.

According to a 2014 report by N.B. privacy commissioner Anne Bertrand, Rojas Lievano admitted accessing the women’s files.

“He told (health authority) officials that he did not know who these women were, except for those he identified as co-workers and those he had worked with or met in the Hospital in the past,” Bertrand wrote.

Betrand wrote that Rojas Lievano said he was looking at patient files out of “personal interest” and to find out the patients’ ages. He accessed the files without the patients’ knowledge or consent, and he had no professional reason to do so, the Star reported.

Rojas Lievano still has a license to practice as a hospital specialist, but won’t be able to work unless another hospital is willing to employ him, the Star reported.

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