February 26, 2021 | Rural Health Concerns

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our new web page about our Hospital!

We decided to start this page to keep the citizens of Sackville and surrounding communities up-to-date on what is happening with the health care reform process.

First, a little history:

Shortly after the announcement last February of the planned closure of the Sackville ER, acute care beds and surgical suite, a Steering Committee was formed. The Steering Committee was a group of engaged citizens seeking practical solutions to the threats to our rural hospitals.   Accordingly the web page content was produced by those volunteers, rather than the Mayor or town staff.  This ensured its independent progress was well communicated to all residents.

Various events, including the Premier’s response to coordinated efforts often led by our Steering Committee, and of course COVID, slowed the Steering Committee activity.  The topic has re-emerged this new year with the appearance of long promised consultations with communities on health reforms.   With the province choosing Sackville as the starting location for consultations, and its clear commitment that the rural ERs will remain — reflects the effectiveness of our Steering Committee. For that, we should all be grateful to those on the Steering Committee and I offer my personal thanks to each and every one of them.

However, while rural ER closure is not part of this consultation, the province’s new process sets new and different challenges.   The process now requires both political leadership and input, as well as widespread citizen involvement in providing materials and views to the province on the future of public policy and practices in health care.

To address this change and to encourage broad participation from our residents, I have created a new web page focused on health policy consultations.  This page will provide updates, opportunities to participate, new information, and various notifications.  Items on this page will be coming from myself or town staff and will be updated as quickly as events dictate.   Its intent is to keep residents current on:

  • new information and recent local efforts;
  • ways to participate in consultation opportunities and;
  • related activities and notices.

As background to this change please find below:

1) Minister’s request of the Town for a health vision

2) Sackville’s Health Vision – Submitted to the Minister on December 30, 2020

3) Brunswick News Publication, January 15, 2021 – An editorial by two former Sackville Mayors – Pat Estabrooks and John Higham

4) Brunswick News Publication, February 16, 2021 – Invited opinion piece by John Higham

5)  Link to the health consultation schedule

Ron Aiken, Deputy Mayor