POLITICS

Review of Halifax psychiatric facility expected in coming weeks, says minister

09/06/2012 01:29 EDT | Updated 11/06/2012 05:12 EST
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's health minister says a review of a Halifax psychiatric facility that released a patient who was later charged in a fatal assault will be made public this month.

David Wilson says his department is still going over the review of the East Coast Forensic Hospital, which was ordered after Raymond Taavel was beaten to death on a downtown Halifax street in April.

Wilson says recommendations will also be released when the document comes out in the next couple of weeks.

Andre Noel Denny has been charged with second-degree murder in Taavel's death and is due back in provincial court on Sept. 20.

Denny was granted a one-hour unescorted leave from the hospital on the night Taavel died, but he didn't return to the facility.

The department has said the review, launched in May, will focus on patient supervision and public notification when a patient fails to return while out on a pass.

It will also examine community access privileges granted to patients who have been found not criminally responsible.