NDP introduce bill to protect health whistleblowers

April 2, 2015

Today NDP MLA Dave Wilson introduced a bill to allow more Nova Scotians to blow the whistle on wrongdoings in their workplace without fear of reprisal.

“This legislation will ensure nurses and other health care workers, teachers, and hundreds more Nova Scotians can report wrongdoings they see in their workplace without having to worry about how it will impact their job,” said Wilson.

Shawna Boudreau, a registered nurse with more than 25 years’ experience supports the idea.

“I’ve seen a lot in 25 years of nursing. Being able to stand up for patients and report things without jeopardizing my career supports me, as a nurse, and also protects patients,” said Boudreau.

The bill expands the Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act to cover government agencies, boards and commissions. Wrongdoing can include breaking the law, misusing or grossly mismanaging public funds and/or assets, and committing an act or omission that puts the life, health or safety of people or the environment at risk.

“This bill improves accountability and better protects the health and safety of Nova Scotians and our environment,” said Wilson.

The NDP introduced the Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act in 2010 for provincial government employees. It allows employees to make a disclosure directly to the Nova Scotia Ombudsman and file complaints with the Labour Board in the event of a reprisal. Under the act, anyone found guilty of a reprisal can be fined up to $10,000.