Cen­tral Health to come un­der re­view

Too many is­sues to ig­nore, says Health Min­is­ter

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL - With files from Sarah Ladik adam.ran­del@gan­der­bea­con.ca

There were just too many com­plaints to ig­nore, Health Min­is­ter John Hag­gie said about the Feb. 6 an­nounce­ment or­der­ing an ex­ter­nal re­view of Cen­tral Health.

The min­is­ter spoke to re­porters ear­lier that morn­ing in St. John’s re­gard­ing the pend­ing re­view, which he said is not about front­line ser­vices or work­ers.

“The noise level about gov­er­nance and man­age­ment of the health au­thor­ity had got to a point which is out­side of what you would nor­mally ex­pect from the role of rou­tine se­nior man­age­ment dis­cus­sions,” Hag­gie said, not­ing that other health au­thor­i­ties in the prov­ince have not pre­sented the same ex­pe­ri­ence.

“You of­ten get some dis­quiet about man­age­ment and board de­ci­sions – it’s a sin­gle is­sue and its part-and-par­cel of the dy­namic of hav­ing this kind of sys­tem,” he said.

“What hap­pened in Cen­tral Health had been an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of lots of lit­tle things that started to look like one big thing.”

Some of the big­gest con­cerns Hag­gie has heard deal with re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion, along with lack of spe­cial­ists and pri­mary care physi­cians. While no sin­gle in­ci­dent trig­gered the re­view, Hag­gie said it was nec­es­sary fol­low­ing a va­ri­ety of con­cerns brought forth by peo­ple and groups in sev­eral dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties.

“And when you hear the rest of the con­cerns be­ing brought for­ward, there seems to be some chal­lenges in the way the board (of di­rec­tors) and the cen­tral se­nior man­age­ment team and per­son­nel get on,” he said. “…over the last 18 months it all built to a crescendo.”

For the Gan­der and Area Cham­ber of Com­merce, this an­nounce­ment is a step in the right di­rec­tion.

“This has been an is­sue the cham­ber has been work­ing on for quite some time,” Sonja Maloney, sec­ond vice-chair of the group and chair of its health and educa­tion com­mit­tee said on Feb. 6. “We’re very pleased to see the min­is­ter is tak­ing ac­tion on this.”

Maloney de­clined to go into de­tail about what con­cerns the cham­ber had pre­vi­ously brought for­ward but did say is­sues with the health sec­tor have an im­pact on lo­cal busi­nesses. As health min­is­ter, Hag­gie is hop­ing the re­view can help re­turn Cen­tral Health to its for­mer po­si­tion of lead­er­ship in health care de­liv­ery.

When asked whether bring­ing about change starts at the top, Hag­gie couldn’t say, but was firm in it­er­at­ing this re­view is not about front­line staff.

“I don’t know where it starts and that’s why we brought in a guy with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

Dr. Peter Vaughan, a rec­og­nized health ad­min­is­tra­tor and for­mer deputy min­is­ter of the De­part­ment of Health and Well­ness in Nova Sco­tia, will carry out the re­view.

Dr. Vaughan will meet with the re­gional health au­thor­ity’s CEO and board chair in the com­ing weeks to seek in­put on the re­view. A work plan and sched­ule will be de­vel­oped and sub­mit­ted to the de­part­ment for ap­proval.

The re­view will be­gin in the com­ing weeks and will be con­ducted over the next two months.

Hag­gie stated he has no in­ten­tion of in­ter­fer­ing with Vaughn’s work.

The time­frame for com­ple­tion of the re­view is not yet known and will de­pend on Vaughn’s as­sess­ment.

“How long it is, broad it is or deep it is will re­ally de­pend on what that work plan looks like,” Hag­gie said. “We have no idea of that yet be­cause I’m not go­ing to pre-de­ter­mine or pre-judge the out­come of his work or the di­rec­tion he go in.”

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