July 9, 2014 3:05 pm
Updated: July 9, 2014 10:44 pm

Strategic three-year plan for Fraser Health Authority released by B.C. health minister

WATCH: The province has released a new 10 point plan for Fraser Health after a review of the health authority. Jas Johal reports.

Over the last few years the Fraser Health Authority has faced a lot of criticism from the public and health care workers.

That prompted B.C.’s health minister to order a review of the authority and today the report was made public.

Health minister Terry Lake ordered an operational review of Fraser Health last year.

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Minister Lake hopes the review will help deal with the persistent ER congestion and manage rising hospital costs.

“When you look at the data you can see that there are people showing up at Emergency at Fraser Health with fairly low level clinical concerns that could be best looked after in an outpatient situation,” say Lake. “Some good work has been done. The South Asian clinic is a good example of being proactive to make sure primary care needs are met in that setting rather than an over reliance on the emergency room for primary care.”

The report identifies 10 priority action areas.

They include reducing unnecessary hospital use, investing in more community care and improving the quality of care.

Another area the report addressed was regional health boundaries in the Lower Mainland.

It concluded there may be benefits to reexamining these boundaries to ensure they properly reflect the demographics and patient needs.

To view the full report, click here

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