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28.05.2014 04:23
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Minister Terry Lake orders probe of budget

Health Minister Terry Lake has ordered a strategic and operational review of Fraser Health to help contain rising costs and deal with persistent hospital congestion.

Despite that, Fraser went one per cent over budget last year the third Browns Justin Gilbert Jersey year in a row it's failed to stay within its allocation.

"That doesn't add up for us," Lake said. "Fraser has not been able to manage the budget targets and we want to understand why."

He said continued budget hikes of five to seven per cent can't continue either.

"We've been very clear that we need to bend the cost curve down on increases in health because it's simply not sustainable."

It's too soon to say how far Fraser will overshoot this year's budget but another one per cent overrun would take an extra $30 million money Lake said will be found from the core operations of the health ministry, not raided from other health regions.

The review comes after unionized nurses said understaffed emergency rooms are packed at hospitals across the region, in addition to the newly opened ER at Surrey Memorial.

Fraser Health officials have also grappled with other high profile incidents in recent weeks, including the case of a 90 year old blind woman sent home after midnight via taxi from Delta Hospital.

Lake said the review won't examine such incidents and he denied claims the system is in chaos, calling hospital congestion nothing new.

Fraser is the province's fastest growing health region, with a large number of older residents who are expected to put great demand on health budgets in the years ahead.

Lake said the review doesn't mean he wants service cuts but a wide search for solutions, including how spending is balanced between acute care in hospitals versus preventative primary care that can keep people healthier and avoid admissions.

"The answer to every problem is not more money," he said.

One option to be examined is a possible boundary change for the health region.

Fraser Health's board will submit a new three year plan next spring to start brownsnflofficialonline.com/Justin_Gilbert_Jersey_Browns in the 2014 15 fiscal year and will also submit a revised version of this year's fiscal plan to address the expected overrun.

Lake will appoint officials from his own ministry, the finance ministry and various health regions to the strategic review committee to work with Fraser Health in examining its current texansofficialnflproshop.com/Tom_Savage_Jersey_Texans operations and identifying priority areas for action by next May.

The new three Authentic Tom Savage Jersey year plan is to identify service targets, operational and financial objectives and outline how Fraser Health's programming and structure can help achieve them.

Lake insisted he still has confidence in Fraser's leadership.

Fraser Health board chair David Mitchell said the board welcomes the chance to work with other health experts in a "collaborative and constructive" search for best practices.

NDP health critic Judy Darcy said Fraser Health has run with too few beds and staff for years, creating systemic problems and routinely overflowing ERs.

"Because of the underfunding we've seen a whole series of cuts as well as this crisis in emergency rooms that's getting worse," she said.

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