October 30, 2018

Government implements majority of B.C. Ombudsperson’s recommendations following investigation into health ministry firings

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 issuesToday’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.

View the full update: https://www.bcombudsperson.ca/sites/default/files/OMB-Misfire-Update-2018v20.pdf.