In April 2017, the Ombudsperson’s office released Misfire: The 2012 Ministry of Health Employment Terminations and Related Matters. Misfire was the report of the Ombudsperson’s investigation conducted following the 2015 referral from the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. This was the first time that the Legislature exercised its authority under the Ombudsperson Act to refer a matter to the Ombudsperson’s office for investigation and report. That referral resulted in the most resource-intensive investigation ever conducted in the now 43-year history of the Ombudsperson of British Columbia.
This second update report contains the Ombudsperson’s final assessment of the implementation of recommendations in Misfire. The main body of the report contains updates on the four substantive recommendations where implementation was still ongoing at the time of the 2018 Interim Assessment:
- reverse the financial impacts of discipline decisions for three public servants (Recommendation 3(b))
- make additional ex gratia payments to affected individuals (Recommendation 4)
- revisit the settlements made with the three unionized employees whose employment was terminated (Recommendation 6)
- establish a program to remediate the Ministry of Health’s organizational culture (Recommendation 33)
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