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September 14, 2018


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Clinical and Preventive Services Plan to Improve Delivery of Care: Friesen

Health-care professionals and clinical experts gathered in Winnipeg today to continue work on the development of a provincewide plan that will deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care for Manitobans, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen said today.

“Manitobans need better health outcomes, shorter wait lists and improved national rankings across a variety of procedures.  But experts have told us our current system is too complex, too disconnected and not easily accessed by patients seeking care,” said Friesen.  “By involving our province’s best and brightest clinical minds in the development of Manitoba’s first provincial clinical and preventive services plan, we are confident we can build a more co-ordinated, better aligned system with improved care and clinical outcomes.”

The development of a provincial clinical and preventive services plan is key to the overall transformation of Manitoba’s health system, the minister said.  In the past, Manitoba has adopted a regional approach to health-care planning, with the exception of a few organizations whose mandates are to plan provincially.  This regional approach to planning has resulted in duplicate services across many organizations, unco-ordinated service delivery and inconsistent access for patients in rural and remote areas of the province, Friesen noted.

“This is the first such gathering of health-care professionals from across the province for the purposes of true provincial planning,” said Lanette Siragusa, chief integration officer and chief nursing officer with Shared Health.  “Over the next few months, each provincial clinical team will tackle the challenges that exist in their area of expertise to find ways to break down the barriers patients experience when accessing care in different regions of the province.”

The development of the provincial clinical and preventive services plan is expected to be complete by next summer, the minister said.

“Provincial planning will allow us to elevate the level of care we deliver and ensure consistent, reliable care for all Manitobans,” said Friesen.  “We need to ensure the sustainability of our health system, not just for today but for the long term.”

The minister noted the work is a vital component of Manitoba’s health system transformation.  For more information, visit

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