O.C. 80/2012

February 28, 2012


††††††††††† The Lieutenant Governor in Council makes the Order in the attached Appendix.

For Information only

Recommended by:††††††††† Minister of Health and Wellness

Authority:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Health Quality Council of Alberta Act
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (section 17)


APPENDIX

 

ORDER

 

 

PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO HEALTH SYSTEM MATTERS

 

WHEREAS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

THEREFORE:

 

Pursuant to section 17 of the Health Quality Council of Alberta Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council orders that a public inquiry be held concerning the possibility of improper preferential access being given to publicly funded health services and, specifically, the terms of reference for the inquiry shall be to consider:

 

1.                  Whether improper preferential access to publicly funded health services is occurring;† and

 

2.                  If there is evidence of improper preferential access to publicly funded health services occurring, make recommendations to prevent improper access in the future.

 

 

Further, the board of the Health Quality Council of Alberta is directed to appoint a Panel of one or more qualified persons to have conduct of the inquiry, including a chair of the Panel if the Panel includes more than one person, and:

 

 

3.                  In accordance with section 17 of the Health Quality Council of Alberta Act, the Panel shall have all the powers, privileges and immunities of a commissioner under the Public Inquiries Act.

 

4.                  The Panel shall conduct the inquiry, prepare a report setting out the findings and recommendations of the Panel and submit the report to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly no later than April 30, 2013

 

5.                  The Panel may retain such experts and advisors as are reasonably required to assist it in achieving the objective of the inquiry.

 

6.                  The Panel is directed to prepare a budget and submit it to the Lieutenant Governor in Council, through the Minister of Health and Wellness, for review and approval.† The Panel shall put a system of budget monitoring and reporting in place. Budget and expenditure reporting shall be to the Minister of Health and Wellness, and the Minister shall make provision for funding the inquiry, including the compensation of Panel members, in accordance with the approved budget.

 

7.                  The Panel is directed to develop and submit a policy to the Lieutenant Governor in Council, through the Minister of Health and Wellness, on whether or not assistance will be provided to witnesses or interveners to prepare submissions or for the costs of legal counsel.† Costs for legal counsel must only be provided in accordance with the Government of Albertaís established rates for retaining external legal counsel.

 

8.                  The Panel is directed to provide prior notice to the Lieutenant Governor in Council, through the Minister of Health and Wellness, at any point where it considers it advisable to make budget adjustments that are reasonably required to assist it in achieving the objective of the inquiry.

 

9.                  The Panel may from time to time request administrative and other support from the Health Quality Council of Alberta or from the Government of Alberta, through the Minister of Health and Wellness, if it considers it appropriate and necessary for the proper conduct of the inquiry.

 

10.              The Panel may request the Lieutenant Governor in Council, through the Minister of Health and Wellness, to clarify any provision of this Terms of Reference or to modify any provision of this Terms of Reference if the Panel is of the opinion clarification or modification is necessary for the proper conduct of the inquiry.