Results of 2nd N.B. COVID-19 pandemic response review won’t be made public – CBC

Department of Health will conduct its own review, separate from ongoing review by auditor general

Mar 07, 2023

The Department of Health will conduct its own review of New Brunswick’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but unlike the ongoing review by the auditor general, these findings won’t be made public.

That’s a mistake, according to Liberal Leader Susan Holt. “Keeping the results of such a review behind closed doors is not the way to rebuild trust,” she said in a statement Tuesday.

The “after-action review” is to “capture innovations and lessons learned from this event to inform future emergency preparedness,” said department spokesperson Sean Hatchard.

“After-action reviews are a form of continuous improvements so the department can compare the response against existing plans and explore what lessons can be learned, and what improvements can be made, in order to prepare for future events,” he said in an emailed statement.

This type of review is a standard process in the “recovery phase” of any emergency, Hatchard said.

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