B.C. government reaches settlement with wrongfully fired health workers

Roderick MacIsaac
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VICTORIA - British Columbia's Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says the province has reached a settlement with the last of eight health researchers who were wrongfully fired in 2012.

Rebecca and William Warburton were among the drug-research workers who were fired amid allegations of inappropriate access to medical records that included possible criminal conduct.

One of the eight, Roderick MacIsaac took his own life, and media reports later showed the RCMP never investigated the allegations.

Anton says the province has now reached six settlements with the workers, including the Warburtons, but declined to discuss the financial resolution.

She says B.C. recognizes the investigation was flawed, the Warburtons acknowledge they breached rules and procedures but were not motivated by personal gain, and the deal means the ombudsperson can now work on releasing his report.

New Democratic Opposition Leader John Horgan says it's time the government comes clean on the firings and how much they have cost British Columbians.

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