Health Minister Introduces New Health Legislation #nlpoli

Minister of Health and Community Services John Haggie announced yesterday the Patient Safety Act, aimed at reducing and mitigating preventable harm within the health care system.

The Patient Safety Act will:

  • Ensure patients and families have access to information about their care;

  • Ensure regional health authorities consistently report to the Minister of Health and Community services on indicators such as hand washing;

  • Establish regional and provincial structures to oversee quality assurance activities;

  • Protect health providers who participate in quality assurance activities from reprisal; and,

  • Address the recommendations of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Hormone Receptor Testing.

This legislation will mark the first time in Newfoundland and Labrador that patients and their families will have the statutory right to recommendations that are the result of a quality assurance activity related to an adverse health event.