In Estimates, April 24, I asked the health minister about when people could approach the Ombudsman in relation to health issues. His response below provides some clarification.
Hon. Jon Gerrard (River Heights): Yes, at the end of the day yesterday I had asked about the access for people in St. Theresa Point to the Ombudsman with regard to health issues.
Mr. Goertzen: I thank the member for following up on that question yesterday.
The Ombudsman, as he knows, is there to serve all Manitobans. The Manitoba Ombudsman accepts and investigates four broad areas of complaint about provincial government departments, and agencies, and municipalities, including government administration, fairness of actions–of decisions–that's under The Ombudsman Act. The government wrongdoing, which is under the public interest disclosure–the whistleblower act; access information and privacy, which is under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; and access to personal health and privacy, which is under PHIA, The Personal Health Information Act. In addition to government, complaints about personal health information and privacy can also be made about trustees of personal health information, including health professionals, health-care facilities and health-care service agencies.
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