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National Strategy Needed to Improve Healthcare Safety

The National Alliance for Safety and Health in Healthcare welcomes the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health’s release of an operational plan on budget day that focuses in part on improving home and long-term care for seniors and enhancing safety for healthcare workers.
Bolstered by the federal government’s investment of $190.3 million for home care included in Saskatchewan’s 10-year health funding agreement, efforts to achieve a culture of safety, including continued focus on the implementation of the Safety Management System across all healthcare service lines, could significantly improve seniors’ care in this province.
Much work needs to be done to achieve the provincial government’s goal of no patients or staff being harmed by 2020, and a co-ordinated national strategy is critical to addressing health human resources challenges on the frontline of elder care across the country.
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