Cen­tral Health re­view de­layed

The Pilot - - News - BY ADAM RAN­DELL THE BEA­CON Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

GAN­DER, N.L. – There will be a slight de­lay in the re­lease of the ex­ter­nal re­view of Cen­tral Health.

Ac­cord­ing to Health Min­is­ter John Hag­gie, ill­ness and weather has de­layed what was ex­pected to be the mid-May re­lease of the find­ings from in­de­pen­dent re­viewer Dr. Peter Vaughn.

“It is im­por­tant that we get that re­port and share it with ev­ery­body,” Hag­gie told me­dia in Gan­der, May 7. “…but I’m hope­ful it will be out be­fore the end of this month.”

The health min­is­ter pro­fessed his own cu­rios­ity about Vaughn’s find­ings, as his depart­ment’s only in­volve­ment was es­tab­lish­ing the terms of ref­er­ence.

“Ba­si­cally, he was given those to go work with,” said Hag­gie. “I wanted to make sure what­ever came out of that re­view, was clean, in­de­pen­dent, and the prod­uct of Dr. Vaughn’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion and noth­ing else.”

Dur­ing the re­view process, both Gan­der and Grand Falls-Wind­sor had dif­fer­ing views about Cen­tral Health op­er­a­tions.

Grand Falls-Wind­sor didn’t have any par­tic­u­lar is­sue with the health au­thor­ity’s op­er­a­tions and feared it would re­sult in a loss of ser­vices for the cen­tral town. Gan­der felt the re­view should be used to ad­dress on­go­ing re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion, man­age­ment and gov­er­nance is­sues.

When ques­tioned about how the ex­ter­nal re­view process has pit­ted com­mu­ni­ties against one an­other, Hag­gie noted it isn’t some­thing unique to cen­tral New­found­land or even the prov­ince.

“I think it would be in­ter­est­ing to see what Dr. Vaughn makes of the tra­di­tional kind of dis­cus­sion about ri­valry be­tween com­mu­ni­ties,” he said, “to see how he puts that in con­text when he gives his re­port.”

The ex­ter­nal re­view of Cen­tral Health was is­sued by the Depart­ment of Health Feb. 6, as a re­sult of con­cerns be­ing brought for­ward about the health au­thor­i­ties gov­er­nance and se­nior man­age­ment. At the time, Hag­gie noted re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion, along with lack of spe­cial­ists and pri­mary care physi­cians, as par­tic­u­lar ar­eas of con­cern.

ADAM RAN­DELL/THE BEA­CON

Health min­is­ter John Hag­gie said weather and ill­ness has de­layed the re­lease of Cen­tral Health’s ex­ter­nal re­view. He is hop­ing to make it avail­able to the pub­lic be­fore the end of May.

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