Deputy attorney general Richard Fyfe is issuing the following statement on behalf of the Province and Drs. Rebecca Warburton and William Warburton:
“Drs. Rebecca Warburton and William Warburton have resolved their respective lawsuits against the Province and Dr. MacDiarmid. The Province is confident and the Warburtons are hopeful that the process being undertaken by the ombudsperson will provide the public with a thorough review of what occurred in relation to the health-research investigation and firings.
“The Province of British Columbia recognizes that there were flaws in the investigation which had been identified in the Marcia McNeil report. Dr. Rebecca Warburton and Dr. William Warburton acknowledge that they did breach some rules and procedures. The Province recognizes that such breaches were motivated by their intention to further the research goals of the Ministry of Health, and not for their own personal gain.
“Both Drs. Rebecca Warburton and William Warburton are welcome to apply for access to health data for research purposes, or to apply to participate in contracted projects involving the ministry, and their requests will be dealt with in the same manner as all similar requests.”