The authority declined an interview request, but said it is reviewing the statement of claim and working with legal counsel, according to an email sent to The Western Star.
“Western Health takes our responsibility of custodians of an individual’s personal health information very seriously and with the utmost care and concern,” said the prepared statement.
The authority said it may make further comments at another time.
The lawsuit was filed by Corner Brook lawyer Scott Burden in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador on Aug. 24.
Both Western Health and Donna Colbourne were named in the lawsuit. Colbourne is the clerk who was terminated from her position at Western Health for accessing personal information of 1,043 patients.
Bob Buckingham, a St. John's-based lawyer, filed a class-action lawsuit earlier this month on behalf of others who have had their information accessed.
That suit named Barbara Hynes of Corner Brook as the representative plaintiff.