TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The Health Council of Canada welcomes the
province of Alberta to the Council, and recognizes the tremendous
impact this new voice will bring to the quality and fullness of the
Council's reporting on progress in health care renewal across Canada.
In an announcement at a Health Ministers meeting in Halifax on November
25, 2011, the Honourable Fred Horne, Minister of Health and Wellness
for Alberta, declared Alberta's intention to join the Health Council, saying this step would strengthen partnerships with
other provinces and allow ministers to collaborate effectively on key
health care strategies. The Health Council has received Alberta's
written request for membership in the Council, making the transition
"Adding Alberta's experience and insights to the Health Council will
undoubtedly strengthen the Council's ability to report on health care renewal," said Dr. Jack Kitts, Chair of the Health Council of Canada. "They
have demonstrated leadership in primary health care reform, and have made significant progress on provincial electronic health records. We look forward to building on our already collaborative relationship
with Alberta and learning more about the province's leading practices."
"Alberta looks forward to joining with our provincial and territorial
partners and the federal government as we work to address health system
issues of concern to all Canadians," said Horne. "The Health Council
provides a forum for sharing leading practices to support continuous
quality improvement in all jurisdictions, and we will be pleased to
contribute to this important work."
Since 2003, the Health Council of Canada has provided the national
picture on the progress of health care renewal, working collaboratively
with key agencies in Alberta on specific project initiatives.
"The province of Alberta is a leader in many areas of health care. We
look forward to building on our relationship and working together
towards strengthening health care across this country," said John G.
Abbott, CEO of the Health Council of Canada.
About the Health Council of Canada
Created by the 2003 First Ministers' Accord on Health Care Renewal, the Health Council of Canada is an independent national agency that
reports on the progress of health care renewal. The Council provides a
system-wide perspective on health care reform in Canada, and
disseminates information on leading practices and innovation across the
country. The Councillors are appointed by the participating provincial
and territorial governments and the Government of Canada.
To download reports and other Health Council materials, visit www.healthcouncilcanada.ca.
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