Government implements majority of B.C. Ombudsperson’s recommendations following investigation into health ministry firings
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Victoria – B.C.’s Ombudsperson Jay Chalke released an investigative update today titled, Interim Assessment of Implementation of Recommendations – Misfire: The 2012 Ministry of Health Employment Terminations and Related Matters. This report assesses government’s progress implementing the 41 recommendations in the Ombudsperson’s 2017 report into Ministry of Health employment terminations and related issues.
Misfire was the result of the most resource-intensive investigation in the 40-year history of the Ombudsperson’s office in B.C. After receiving over 4 million records and interviewing 130 witnesses, the investigation found that government had acted wrongly in, among other things, firing seven Ministry of Health employees, suspending or terminating contracts and access to health data, and announcing that the fired employees were the subject of an RCMP investigation.
Government accepted all of the 41 recommendations in Misfire. These recommendations sought to address both individual harms and broader systemic issues. Today’s assessment highlights that the majority of these recommendations have been implemented, with only four outstanding. Four other recommendations were assessed by the Ombudsperson as implemented but will be subject to further review over the next year in order to give more robust effect to the recommendations.
“The effort and collaboration required to make these important improvements in the public service has been very significant and I am heartened by the progress to date,” said Ombudsperson Jay Chalke. “Taken together, these steps help mitigate the risk that the series of events in 2012 could reoccur.”
Key implemented recommendations include:
“These are very important steps that government has taken to make sure it is acting in a manner that is accountable and transparent, both to its own employees, but also to the public.” said Chalke. “What I’d like to see now, and I know work is underway, is that the remaining recommendations also be implemented.”
Outstanding recommendations from Misfire are:
The Ombudsperson will continue to monitor the implementation of the Misfire recommendations until all are assessed as completed. The Ombudsperson will publish a further assessment after the provincial government provides its next implementation report which is due April 30th, 2019.
View the full Investigative Update: https://www.bcombudsperson.ca/sites/default/files/OMB-Misfire-Update-2018v20.pdf
Media Contact: Sara Darling I Communications Lead I B.C. Office of the Ombudsperson I 778 679.2588
|Date||Tuesday, October 30, 2018|