05/08/2013 02:33 EDT | Updated 07/08/2013 05:12 EDT

New Brunswick ombudsman could review long-term care services under legislation

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's ombudsman would be able to investigate government-funded long-term care services under legislation introduced today.

The province's healthy and inclusive communities minister tabled amendments that would expand the mandate of the ombudsman.

The amendments to the Ombudsman Act would expand the office's powers to review long-term care services funded by the provincial government and delivered by third parties.

Those parties include nursing homes, special care homes and home support services.

The ombudsman has the authority to investigate public complaints of unfair treatment by government departments, municipalities, health authorities and school councils and districts.