Cit­i­zens’ of­fice launches sep­a­rate Cen­tral Health in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Om­buds­man to re­view al­le­ga­tions of toxic man­age­ment

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY CLARENCE NGOH clarence.ngoh@gan­der­bea­

The pres­sure is on yet again for ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment of the Cen­tral Re­gional Health Au­thor­ity.

One day af­ter Health Min­is­ter John Hag­gie an­nounced an ex­ter­nal re­view of Cen­tral Health man­age­ment due to con­cerns and com­plaints about health care ser­vices in cen­tral New­found­land, the provin­cial Of­fice of the Cit­i­zens’ Rep­re­sen­ta­tive an­nounced its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion Feb. 8.

In a sim­i­lar vein as govern­ment’s re­view by Peter Vaughan, for­mer deputy health min­is­ter from Nova Sco­tia, com­plaints from Cen­tral Health staff about al­leged un­fair treat­ment by ad­min­is­tra­tion trig­gered the cit­i­zens’ of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Cit­i­zens’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive Barry Flem­ing said the of­fice is re­spond­ing to “a wide va­ri­ety of in­di­vid­u­als about the man­age­ment of Cen­tral Health.”

Flem­ing said af­ter hear­ing con­cerns from var­i­ous peo­ple, the om­buds­man’s of­fice ini­ti­ated its own mo­tion of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which is per­mit­ted un­der its gov­ern­ing leg­is­la­tion.

The cit­i­zens’ of­fice has re­quested a copy of Vaughn’s terms of ref­er­ence from the De­part­ment of Health, ac­cord­ing to Flem­ing.

“We won’t un­der­take our in­ves­ti­ga­tion of sim­i­lar is­sues that he is in­ves­ti­gat­ing or re­view­ing af­ter he has com­pleted,” said Flem­ing. “It may be that Dr. Vaughn’s re­view will ad­dress the con­cerns that are raised in the al­le­ga­tions to us.”

Although Cen­tral Health ad­min­is­tra­tion has un­der­gone pre­vi­ous re­views, Flem­ing said the om­buds­man’s re­view and rec­om­men­da­tions carry more weight.

“We are an in­de­pen­dent om­buds­man of the leg­is­la­ture of the House of As­sem­bly,” he said. “We bring a grav­i­tas and in­de­pen­dence to the is­sue that may not have been present in the pre­vi­ous re­views.”

Flem­ing also men­tioned the De­part­ment of Health will be made aware of the of­fice’s re­port.

“At the end of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion we make rec­om­men­da­tions that are war­ranted. We will do a lot of work ar­tic­u­lat­ing those rec­om­men­da­tions to be as per­sua­sive as pos­si­ble.”


Two in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Cen­tral Health’s ad­min­is­tra­tion were an­nounced in the same week af­ter com­plaints from staff about al­leged mis­man­age­ment and un­fair treat­ment.

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