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The Chief Ombudsman is calling for action to address serious and persistent issues at some of the country’s mental health units.
The Chief Ombudsman says his independent inspections of privately run aged care facilities offer some valuable lessons as the sector enters another ‘lockdown’.
The Inquiries Act 2013 provided a new framework for the conduct of public and government inquiries into matters of public importance.
But there has been some uncertainty about how it interacts with the Official Information Act (OIA).
Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children has been using its powers to remove newborn pēpi from their parents under a without notice Court order more by routine than exception, says Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier.
A case note released today looks into a complaint about Child, Youth and Family, which became Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, removing a five-day-old child from their autistic mother.
The Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) is writing a report about disabled people’s experiences during the COVID-19 emergency.
The Chief Ombudsman says overall prisons are taking positive steps to keep coronavirus out but this has come at the expense of some prisoners’ rights.
The Chief Ombudsman is to begin inspections of COVID-19 isolation and quarantine facilities set up for people arriving from overseas.
Five case notes published today concern complaints about children in care, and how these were resolved.
The Chief Ombudsman says his inspections of mental health facilities during the lockdown shows a good balance is possible between protecting people from COVID 19 and preserving human rights.
One of the purposes of the Official Information Act (OIA) is to make official information increasingly available to the NZ public.
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