04/17/2013 03:59 EDT | Updated 06/17/2013 05:12 EDT

Death of gay activist led to change in Nova Scotia: health minister

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's health minister says 10 of 18 recommendations have been implemented since a patient of the East Coast Forensic Hospital was charged last year in the death of a prominent gay rights activist in Halifax.

The mental health patient had been released on a one-hour unescorted pass from the facility before he was charged in the death a year ago of Raymond Taavel.

Health Minister David Wilson says a key recommendation that already is in place is the elimination of the one-hour passes.

Wilson says the remaining eight recommendations will be in place by September.

The recommendations were made by the departments of Health, Justice and the Capital District Health Authority following Taavel's beating death.

The departments conducted a joint review of community access privileges given to forensic patients at the hospital.

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