France Gélinas, introduced her Bill today that if passed, would allow investigations of Ontario’s various health care services. Below is a full copy of Bill 109.
Bill 109, Ombudsman Amendment Act (Investigation of Health Care Services), 2013
An Act to amend the Ombudsman Act with respect to investigating specified health care services
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
1. The Ombudsman Act is amended by adding the following section:
Ombudsman may investigate designated public bodies
14.1 (1) Anything that the Ombudsman may do under this Act in respect of a governmental organization, the Ombudsman may do in respect of,
(a) a home for special care within the meaning of the Homes for Special Care Act;
(b) a long-term care home within the meaning of the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007;
(c) a community care access corporation within the meaning of the Community Care Access Corporations Act, 2001;
(d) a private hospital within the meaning of the Private Hospitals Act;
(e) a hospital within the meaning of the Public Hospitals Act;
(f) an ambulance service or air ambulance service within the meaning of the Ambulance Act;
(g) a board of health within the meaning of the Health Protection and Promotion Act; and
(h) a retirement home within the meaning of the Retirement Homes Act, 2010in respect of the provision of care services.
Reference to a governmental organization
(2) If the Ombudsman does or proposes to do anything in respect of a body listed in subsection (1), any reference in this Act to a governmental organization shall be read as a reference to the body.
2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.
3. The short title of this Act is the Ombudsman Amendment Act (Investigation of Health Care Services), 2013.
The Bill amends the Ombudsman Act to give power to the Ombudsman to do anything it may do with respect to a governmental organization under the Ombudsman Act to a home for special care, long-term care home, community care access corporation, hospital, ambulance service, air ambulance service and board of health. The Bill also gives the Ombudsman power in respect of care services provided at retirement homes.