Rogers awaits promised report of psychiatric review
After years of complaints and government foot dragging, NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says she welcomes the forthcoming information from the report on the peer review of psychiatric services for corrections in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Yesterday Rogers wrote the minister of justice looking for a report of the review’s recommendations as well as any actions the Department might take in light of the review.
“When I asked Minister Collins in the House of Assembly to table a report of this review he said he would do this in a ‘timely fashion’,” said Rogers. “I fully expect Minister Collins to live up to this promise and I look forward to seeing the report soon.”
The review itself cannot be released publicly because peer reviews are protected under provincial legislation. The Department’s report of the review however should be released in the interests of transparency and accountability, says Rogers.
Problems with psychiatric services were first formally identified in October of 2008 in the Decades of Darkness review of the prison system in Newfoundland and Labrador. They were subsequently highlighted by the Office of the Citizens’ Representative in March 2011; this led to the peer review.
“All citizens, including those incarcerated, have the right to full ongoing medical treatment,” said Rogers. “I hope that with this review and the department’s report we will be able to address the serious concerns and issues these inmates face everyday.”