Thursday, July 10, 2014

Health News

Fraser Health Touts 10 pt Plan

Moving to a community-based care model Fraser Health 10 pt plan, NDP responds

Releases from the BC Gov't Caucus and the NDP


raser Health is moving ahead on 10 priority actions to improve patient care in the region, announced Health Minister Terry Lake today, as he released the health authority’s strategic and operational report and concluded the Fraser Health review.

“The plan put forward by the Fraser Health board addresses the issues facing the health authority, from quality concerns to achieving balance between acute care and primary and community care,” said Lake. “I would like to thank the board and the review committee for the tremendous amount of work and consideration they took in preparing this plan.”

The report identifies 10 priority action areas to ensure quality and sustainable service delivery in Fraser Health. They include improving the health authority’s capacity for care by reducing unnecessary use of hospitals; investing in more community care; improving the quality of care delivered in hospitals; building on recent primary care achievements; and delivering a balanced budget.

“We will continue to invest in our acute care system, but we need to ensure the right mix of services in the community, so patients can better manage their health, avoid hospitalization and move more safely and quickly through the hospital system,” said interim board chair Wynne Powell. “We will hold ourselves accountable to the actions identified in the plan and will be regularly reporting out to the ministry and the public on our progress.”

A ministry-led sub-committee also looked at how health-care services are delivered and coordinated in the three lower mainland health authorities. It found there are a number of opportunities to improve services such as cardiac care, stroke care, medical research and education, through better coordination across the Lower Mainland.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us but we have clear direction and clear goals,” said interim CEO David Ostrow. “I have seen first-hand the dedication of staff in Fraser Health and I am confident that we will be able to work together with the other Lower Mainland health authorities to provide the best possible patient-focused care, for the residents of the Fraser Valley and the entire Lower Mainland region.”

The review also found the current regional health boundaries in the Lower Mainland effectively serve their respective populations. However, it concluded there may be benefits to re-examining health authority boundaries. Over the next year, the ministry will review the boundaries to ensure they properly reflect the demographics and patient needs. Boundary changes would only be considered after full community engagement and consultation.

In late October 2013, Health Minister Terry Lake ordered a strategic and operational review of Fraser Health by a team of B.C. health leaders. The board of directors of Fraser Health supported the operational and strategic review, and was required to submit this new, three-year strategic and operational plan following the review.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014


NDP Finds Flaws in 10 pt Plan

Fraser Health 'falls short on solutions'

Releases from the BC Gov't Caucus and the NDP


he review of Fraser Health highlights the serious problems that the B.C. Liberals have created in our health care system, but doesn’t do enough to fix them, say the New Democrats.  


“When action was needed to address serious issues like hospital overcrowding, emergency room wait times and inadequate staffing levels in Fraser Health, the ministry failed to take action, and responded by promising this review instead,” said New Democrat health critic Judy Darcy.


“But the changes outlined in this review fall short of what people in this region deserve. There is no commitment to sustained funding to bring the region in line with the rest of the province, and no commitment to more staff in hospitals.”


Fraser Health has the lowest per-capita funding in B.C., despite being the fastest growing region. The review allows for an investment in community care in the region, but doesn’t address the diverse, urgent needs across the system, said Darcy.


“To truly take the pressure off the acute care system, the B.C. Liberals need to make strategic investments in a range of areas that have been neglected for years, specifically integrated teams in community health centres, home support, residential care beds and mental health and addictions,” said Darcy.


While investment in community care is a good thing, she added, just next door in Vancouver, the B.C. Liberals are dismantling primary care in community health centres across the city, which provide precisely the kind of primary care that is needed in the Fraser Health region.


“The last thing that people in this region need is more disjointed approaches to health care, and more rhetoric without action,” said Darcy.


“Unfortunately, this review is short on real-world solutions. For instance, while changes like cutting down overtime sound appealing, the bigger picture is that this need for overtime is caused by chronic understaffing, which is not being addressed.”


Darcy said she is pleased to see the report finally released, but disappointed that people in this region are not getting the help they deserve, even when this review confirms that outcomes in Fraser Health are not good enough.


“While the B.C. Liberals continue to put off making real changes across this system, people in this region are coping with inexcusable wait times. They need solutions, not more promises.”




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