AHS Board and Alberta Health and Wellness release mandate and roles document
December 2, 2010
EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services has approved a Mandate and Roles Document, outlining its relationship with Alberta Health and Wellness. The document will go to Alberta Health and Wellness Minister Gene Zwozdesky today.
The document outlines the roles and responsibilities among the Minister of Health and Wellness, AHS Board Chair, Deputy Minister, AHS President and CEO, and staff of Alberta Health and Wellness and AHS.
The relationship is founded on the accountability the Minister has to the Legislative Assembly and Albertans, and AHS’ accountability to the Minister.
“This is a key step forward in the ongoing collaboration between AHS and AHW as we work toward a common objective – improving access and the quality of patient care,” said Board Chair Ken Hughes.
“We’ve heard from Albertans that they want a clear understanding of who is responsible and accountable in the health system,” said Health and Wellness Minister Gene Zwozdesky. “This document provides that clarity. We will continue to work with AHS and all of our health care partners to build the best performing publicly funded health system in Canada.”
The AHS mandate is to “promote and protect the health of the population in Alberta and work toward the prevention of disease and injury.” It also is responsible to “determine priorities in the provision of health services in Alberta and allocate resources accordingly.”
The government is “responsible for the legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks in which AHS operates.”
In addition, the document outlines that the Minister sets the overall strategic health system direction and works with AHS through the department to establish and monitor health system performance, report progress, and provide public assurance.
It replaces a Memorandum of Understanding that guided the relationship to date.
The document is a statutory requirement under the new Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act that is currently awaiting proclamation. All government agencies require a roles and mandate document under the Act. The document will be renewed and affirmed every three years.
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