Health Authorities Act (amended)
BILL NO. 22
1st Session, 63rd General Assembly
66 Elizabeth II, 2017
Private Member's Bill
Health Authorities Act
First Reading: October 3, 2017
This Bill defines "code census" and requires the provincial health authority to publish certain information weekly.
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 Chapter 32 of the Acts of 2014, the Health Authorities Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 60 the following Section:
60A (1) In this Section, "code census" means a period when an emergency department is overcrowded with patients due to a lack of available beds within the hospital to which it belongs.
(2) The provincial health authority shall post weekly on a website operated by the provincial health authority
(a) how many times a code census was called at a hospital for which the authority is responsible and at which hospitals the code censuses were called;
(b) how many patients were placed on in-patient floors during code censuses and in what types of rooms those patients were placed;
(c) how many patients requiring an alternative level of care or long-term care are in hospital beds awaiting placement at hospitals for which the authority is responsible;
(d) how many people seek treatment at the emergency department of the Halifax Infirmary each day;
(e) how often and for how long ambulances waited at the emergency department of the Halifax Infirmary to offload patients; and
(f) how many surgeries were cancelled at hospitals for which the authority is responsible.
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