2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
58 Elizabeth II, 2009
The Honourable Darrell Dexter
First Reading: April 30, 2009
WHEREAS keeping hospital emergency departments open and reducing wait times in health care is a Government of Nova Scotia responsibility;
AND WHEREAS district health authorities are responsible for effective management strategies throughout the health and hospital system, which have an impact on emergency department overcrowding and wait times, including appropriate staffing and planning to ensure patient access to timely care;
THEREFORE be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Emergency Department Protection and Accountability Act.
2 The purpose of this Act is to ensure that emergency departments are kept open and to provide public accountability to communities with chronically closed emergency departments.
3 In this Act,
(a) "district health authority" means a district health authority as defined in the Health Authorities Act;
(b) "emergency department" means an emergency department operated by a district health authority, whether or not the emergency department is operated as part of a hospital;