Following up on the Action for Health plan released in April, the Nova Scotia government has now launched a website to show how the province is tracking and measuring progress.
The new website is live and includes a dashboard that will be updated daily.
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“We want Nova Scotians to see where we are and we want to see that our actions are actually making improvements as we move forward,” said Health Minister Michelle Thompson.
Six key “solutions” were included in the original Health Action Plan:
- Become a magnet for healthcare providers
- Providing the care Nova Scotians need and deserve
- Cultivating excellence on the front line
- Strengthen accountability at all levels
- Be responsive and resilient
- Address factors affecting health and well-being
For each solution, the plan also set out a list of actions, and Nova Scotians can now see the status of those actions online.
Twenty-seven of the actions are considered ongoing while 92 are ongoing.
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Three are finished. In solution two, action to enable walk-in clinics to offer virtual care is considered complete, and two elements have been completed under solution four: “develop health system indicators to measure and report publicly on the progress and performance of health systems” and “maintain performance agreements with health authorities”.
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The only action that has yet to be taken is to ensure that reporting mechanisms are in place for staff experiencing racism and discrimination in the workplace.
In addition to stock status updates, the website also provides data reflecting the progress of each of the six solutions.
This includes data on the number of doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners who have been brought to the province, data on surgical services and various waiting lists, as well as information on response times.
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As an example, under the second solution, “provide the care Nova Scotians need and deserve”, the site highlights a goal to have five percent or fewer Nova Scotians at the search for a primary care provider. Over the past three years, the average has been 5.9%; however, this number has increased every quarter over the past year and currently stands at 8.8%.
Health Minister Thompson said it will take time for things to improve and Nova Scotians shouldn’t expect to see results overnight.
“Each of these health actions, each pill, is going to be important to us,” Thompson said.
“We know we can’t do one thing in isolation, because it’s a system – it’s an ecosystem, actually.”
Although the Minister stressed the importance of a system-wide approach, she said that one of the main priorities would be to stabilize the workforce – “really making sure our positions are filled , that we focus on recruitment and retention. »
“When we look at one of the main impacts, it’s staff shortages.”
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