Fraser Health board chair David Mitchell and Northern Health board chair Dr. Charles Jago have been named to co-chair a review committee looking into Fraser Health's operations.

Province names Fraser Health review team to probe budget woes

Committee consists of B.C. health authority executives, provincial government officials

Health Minister Terry Lake has named a nine-member review committee to probe why Fraser Health struggles to keep spending within its budget.

The committee co-chairs are existing Fraser board chair David Mitchell and Northern Health board chair Dr. Charles Jago.

Other members include Northern Health CEO Cathy Ulrich, Vancouver Coastal CEO Dr. David Ostrow, the finance minister’s assistant deputy minister Chris Brown, the health minister’s associate deputy minister Elaine McKnight,  plus three more health care executives from Interior Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority.

The group meets for the first time later this month and is expected to identify potential operational changes by May.

NDP health critic Judy Darcy urged the review committee to provide some opportunity for public input, especially if it’s going to lead to significant cost cutting and service impacts.

“The people – patients and their families – have a right to have a say in this,” she said.

Fraser is expected to need a cash infusion over and above its $3 billion budget this year to meet demand – the third year in a row of cost overruns despite budget increases averaging six per cent a year.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ride For Doug Muscular Dystrophy fundraiser to proceed

It will be shorter and much of it will be online due to COVID-19 restrictions

Abbotsford football star Samwel Uko dies at age 20

Panthers star running back dies on May 21, cause of death not yet known

LETTER: Angels come to aid of elderly couple in distress

In the craziness of the moment, letter writer forgot to get names, and is anxious to say thanks

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping the Aldergrove Star to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

‘Not a joke’: Promoter wants to rocket-launch man the length of White Rock pier

Brooke Colby says he’s building an eight-foot rocket in his backyard

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

Boy, 2, left with ‘soft tissue injuries’ after being hit by car in Squamish intersection

Boy was release from hospital, police continue to investigate

Most Read