Executive Council
Health and Community Services

November 13, 2014

Delivering Quality Health Care for Residents

Consultations to Begin for Premier’s Summit on Health Care

Providing high-quality and accessible primary health care for the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador is a key priority of the Provincial Government. Recognizing this, and in keeping with the commitment made by the Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Premier’s Summit on Health Care will be held on January 14, 2015 in St. John’s. To gather ideas and generate input to help shape the agenda for the summit, four public regional forums will take place beginning later this month. In addition, in advance of the summit the general public is invited to provide feedback electronically, by phone or by regular mail.

“The time has come for a holistic review of how primary health care in this province is delivered. Through four regional forums, residents will have the opportunity to talk to us about the issues that matter most to them in areas such as mental health and addictions, dementia care, chronic disease management, healthy living and aging. Their feedback will shape the agenda for the Premier’s Summit on Health Care which will bring together key stakeholders and residents to help shape our future policy decisions.”
- The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

In the lead up to the summit, a public forum will be held in each of the four regional health authority areas to provide an opportunity for residents to share their thoughts and experiences. In addition, a discussion guide is under development and will be available from the department prior to the forums.

Public forums are planned as follows:

Location Date Time
Grand Falls-Windsor
Royal Canadian Legion
Wednesday, November 26 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Mount Pearl
Pearl Gate Track and Field Complex
Tuesday, December 2 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Corner Brook
Pepsi Centre
Thursday, December 4 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Northern Cross Baptist Church
Monday, December 8 7:30-10:30 p.m.

While the forums this fall are open to the general public, residents who are interested in being invited to participate in the summit in January are asked to contact the department to be considered as delegates for the event.

“It is important to listen to residents across this province to get a sense of what key areas of our primary health care system need review and attention. We invite the general public to come and join us at a forum in their region, visit our website or call the department to share their ideas about how we can improve primary health care. Together we can gain a better understanding of what works well and what needs to change to improve the health of all residents.”
- The Honourable Steve Kent, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Community Services

For more information, to register for a forum, to express interest in participating in the Summit or to provide feedback online please visit: o http://www.health.gov.nl.ca/summit/ or call 1-844-729-6310.

QUICK FACTS

  • Consultations are beginning for the Premier’s Summit on Health Care.
  • The summit will be held on January 14, 2015, in St. John’s. The ideas generated through four public regional forums which will take place beginning later this month, will help shape discussions at the summit.
  • While the forums this fall are open to the general public, residents who are interested in being invited to participate in the summit in January are asked to contact the department to be considered as delegates for the event.
  • Primary health care is the day-to-day care needed to protect, maintain, and restore our health. For most people, it is both their first point of contact with the health care system and includes the health care services they use most often.
  • The summit will bring together residents of the province and stakeholders from a variety of areas across the health care system to discuss primary health care services in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • For more information, to register for a forum, to express interest in participating in the summit or to provide feedback online please visit: http://www.health.gov.nl.ca/summit/ or call 1-844-729-6310.

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Media contacts:

Heather MacLean
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
709-729-3581
heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca
Donna Ivey
Special Assistant (Communications)
Office of the Premier
709-729-3551, 699-2402
donnaivey@gov.nl.ca
Hugh Donnan
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 725-6511
hughdonnan@gov.nl.ca

2014 11 13                                            4:30 p.m.