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Don McMorris apologized Wednesday over comments that got him into hot water.

Don McMorris, Saskatchewan's health minister, has apologized to members of the legislature over comments he made that led to his being accused of misleading the assembly.

"I rise in the house this afternoon to apologize," McMorris said Wednesday. "In no way did I intend to mislead this house, or anyone else by my comments."

McMorris was in hot water over what he said about consultations with Saskatchewan's privacy commissioner about proposed legislation.

The government plans to allow patient names to be released to hospital fundraisers.

When asked about the implications for privacy, McMorris said the privacy commissioner had been consulted four times on the changes.

However, the commissioner said he was only consulted three times, when the NDP were in government.

McMorris said he was sorry his words led to any confusion.

"My integrity means everything to me," McMorris said. "I would never intentionally mislead this house."

Members of the NDP opposition say the Saskatchewan Party government was not taking the matter seriously enough.