Message from the Minister
and Accountability Statement

Photograph -- Honourable George Abbott.I am pleased to present the 2007/08 – 2009/10 Service Plan for the Ministry of Health. This plan outlines the strategic priorities and key initiatives for the health system over the next three years.

The Ministry of Health along with B.C.'s health authorities and a hundred thousand dedicated health professionals are committed to delivering high quality health services to British Columbians. Our work is done in support of our government's Five Great Goals for a Golden Decade that highlight healthy living and a quality health system as key priorities for British Columbia. Our vision of a modern health system is one that assists British Columbians across their life span, whether they need support to stay healthy, get better from an illness or injury, live with and manage a chronic disease or disability, or cope with the end of life.

Providing quality health services and ensuring the health system is sustainable for our children and grandchildren are of primary importance to the Ministry. Accordingly, in September 2006 Premier Campbell launched the Conversation on Health. In 2007 the Conversation on Health will continue to engage British Columbians in a discussion about health service priorities. The Conversation on Health is providing a valuable opportunity for government to hear about the health issues and solutions that matter most to British Columbians, and will guide us in our efforts to renew and improve our health system for today and ensure that we have a sustainable system for our children and grandchildren in the years to come.

Our 2007/08 – 2009/10 Service Plan also focuses on a number of initiatives that build on our Pacific Leadership Agenda to improve the health of British Columbians and renew our public health care system. One of our top priorities is to improve the health of the First Nations population through the implementation of the First Nations Health Plan. Another priority is to fulfill our commitment to build 5,000 net new residential care beds and assisted living units; we have now built over 2,500 net new beds and we will complete our 5,000 bed commitment by the end of 2008. We will also continue to work to enhance mental health and addiction services, reduce waiting times for surgeries, particularly for hip and knee replacements, and ensure that our hospital emergency departments serve people in a timely manner. In addition, we will continue to expand educational and recruitment programs to ensure there are enough health professionals and health workers to help meet the needs of British Columbians now and in the future.

The Ministry of Health 2007/08 – 2009/10 Service Plan was prepared under my direction in accordance with the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act. I am accountable for the basis on which the plan has been prepared. All material fiscal assumptions and policy decisions as of February 14, 2007 have been considered in preparing the plan and I am accountable for achieving the specific objectives in the plan.

Honourable George Abbott
Minister of Health

February 14, 2007

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