Friday, August 22, 2014

Invitation to have your say

August 22, 2014


Manitobans will have a chance to share views and weigh in on health care priorities to help health regions shape future goals by becoming part of a local health involvement group, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today.

“We all have personal experiences within the health-care system.  It’s those experiences we can draw from to help shape and develop strong regional plans to ensure health care needs are being met in communities across this province.  Not only right now, but for years to come,” said Minister Selby.  “We want to hear from patients and families about ways to address community health issues and develop a stronger health care system.”

Effective Sept. 2, under the Regional Health Authorities Amendment Act, Manitoba’s five health regions will be responsible for developing health involvement groups and each region will have at least four groups made up of a minimum of 10 members.

Group terms can vary in length from one to three years and members can be re-appointed for one or more additional terms.  Groups will also be required to meet four times per year and provide reports back to regional board.  The findings will be shared annually with the minister.

“It’s vital that Manitobans are involved with the health-care system to ensure safe, quality health care is available where and when it’s needed,” said Jan Currie, board chair, Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety.  “These groups will involve the public in planning health-care services which will help improve the patient experience and enhance safety for patients throughout the health-care system.”

“Patients are the centre of this initiative and I’m looking forward to discussion that helps individuals provide strategic advice to enhance services in their communities,” said the minister.

Manitobans wanting to apply or get more information about the health involvement groups can visit: or contact your local regional health authority office.

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