VICTORIA, BC, Jan. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Premiers announced that Prince
Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall
will co-chair a Health Care Innovation Working Group composed of all
provincial and territorial health ministers. While acknowledging that
Canada's provinces and territories are pursuing innovation in their own
jurisdictions, Premiers recognize that more can be done together.
Premiers are committed to the proposition that ongoing collaboration and
cooperation is essential to providing Canadians with access to the best
health care in the world. The purpose of this provincial and
territorial initiative is to drive a collaborative process for
transformation and innovation to help ensure the sustainable delivery
of health care services. This focus on innovation will also seek to
enhance provincial/territorial capacity to better meet new challenges
in our health care systems, including the needs of seniors, patients
with chronic diseases and Northern populations.
The Health Care Innovation Working Group will provide its first report
at the July 2012 Council of the Federation annual meeting in Halifax.
"This is a bold move with real timelines," said Premier Christy Clark,
chair of this week's Council of the Federation meeting. "The message
we want to send is that we are working together to innovate and provide
better care for seniors and all Canadians."
"This crucial work will be done under the leadership of Premiers working
with health care providers", Premier Robert Ghiz said, "They are the
untapped strength of the system."
"This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare" noted Premier Brad
Wall. " Premiers want to create a new approach that provides better
quality care while being sustainable."
In consultation with health care providers, over the next six months the
working group will focus on:
Scope of practice: examining the scope of practice of health care
providers and teams in order to better meet patient and population
needs in a safe, competent and cost effective manner
Human resources management: address health human resource challenges and
explore more coordinated management to address competition across
Clinical practice guidelines: accelerating the development and adoption
of best clinical and surgical practice guidelines so that all Canadians
benefit from up-to-date practices.
It is expected that the chairs and provincial/territorial health
ministers will meet at least two times prior to reporting progress in
SOURCE Council of the Federation
For further information:
Government of British Columbia