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The Ontario government says it will be participating in a review of procedures at a Toronto mental-health hospital after several patients fled.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province will appoint a government adviser to the panel looking into patient passes and privileges at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

In a statement, Ms. Elliott says she will release more information once the government identifies who that person will be.

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CAMH announced the external review recently after two escapes by men who had been found not criminally responsible on account of mental illnesses for violent crimes.

A third patient detained at the facility later walked away as well.

The hospital has defended the use of community passes, describing them as an important part of the care a patient receives and that supports rehabilitation and recovery.

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