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Participant, Surgical Priority Setting Process Consultation, Ministry of Health

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Do you have 90 minutes free over the lunch hour on Friday September 28? Your participation is needed in a teleconference consultation for the Ministry of Health to inform a new approach for prioritizing surgical procedures in the province. If you or a loved one has experienced a wait time for surgery, the Ministry wants to learn from your opinions and reflections.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Ministry of Health, Access Strategy Branch


As part of the announcement of the surgical strategy, several priority procedures were identified for 2018-2019. An approach to determine the next set of priorities for scheduled surgeries for 2019-2020 has been drafted by the Ministry of Health team. Stakeholder consultations are now underway to provide the opportunity for feedback on the approach. Patients and the public are considered to be key stakeholders, and the Ministry of Health team is keen to have their voices included in these discussions.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Open to patient partners across the province
  • Experience (personal or family) with a scheduled surgical procedure in BC
Please note: This opportunity is not open to patient partners who are currently employed by the Ministry of Health or health authorities. Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Kira Tozer directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


Number of vacancies: 10+ Date/Time: Friday, September 28, from 12:00-1:30 PM Location: Online via WebEx.  A telephone, computer and internet connection will be required to participate. Commitment: One-time event; however, participants will be asked to spend ~30 minutes prior to the session reviewing background information. Confirmed participants will be provided with log-in information prior to the event.


No costs to participate are anticipated.


One of the top priorities outlined in the Premier’s July 2017 mandate letter to the Minister of Health is to reduce wait times and implement a province-wide coordinated approach to manage and actively monitor waitlists. To meet this mandate, the Province has launched a surgical strategy aimed at reducing wait times throughout British Columbia, and improving the patient experience. The surgical strategy has four areas of focus:
  • Providing more surgeries in areas with long wait times, starting with hip and knee replacement and dental surgeries and incrementally tackling other surgeries with long waits. In total under the provincial surgical strategy, 9,400 more surgeries – 4,000 additional hip and knee, 900 dental and 4,500 other surgeries – will be done by the end of March 2019, compared to the previous year. This will significantly reduce the number of patients waiting.
  • Investing to keep up with growing demand for all other surgeries;
  • Making surgical programs and operating rooms more efficient across the province through better planning and scheduling and, establishing centralized booking and a single point of contact for patients; and
  • Making sure the right number of health professionals are in place to deliver the services needed to meet demand both now and into the future, including surgeons, anesthetists, nursing and rehabilitation health professionals.
The surgical strategy is supported with ongoing targeted funding of $75 million starting in 2018-19 and increasing to $100 million in 2019-20. This session will be co-facilitated by the Ministry of Health team and the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Patient & Public Engagement Team, who supports PVN.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Kira Tozer
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island

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