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Public Services Ombudsman Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Sections 15, 16 and 17: Matters which may be investigated - professional judgement

Under these three sections, the NIPSO can also investigate the merits of a decision of a body to the extent that it was taken in consequence of the exercise of professional judgement.  This can only be done in the health and social care field, in relation to three specific types of bodies:

  • health and social care bodies (see the definition in section 59),

  • general health care providers, and

  • independent providers of health and social care.

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