Regional Health Authority Boards
Res #: 20-14M
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
WHEREAS the Regional Health Authority Boards are politically appointed and loaded to the cities; and
WHEREAS rural Saskatchewan health needs are being by-passed; and
WHEREAS the funding that rural Saskatchewan deserves is going to the cities; and
BE It RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to return to the elected Regional Health Authority Board structure so rural Saskatchewan has adequate representation on the Boards.
THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH'S RESPONSE
Regional Health Authority (RHA) board members have overall responsibility for organizing, managing and delivering health services for all residents within their health regions. They work with the Ministry of Health to ensure co-ordinated, province-wide health system planning to help achieve strategic goals. Appointments to Regional Health Authority boards are based on the expression of interest by those individuals who come forward, following a public call for nominations.
Each RHA board must have members with an appropriate mix of skills and competencies to effectively represent their communities and address a wide range of health care issues. Board members are to represent the interests of all communities within their regions. Appointed boards offer a balance of age, residency and experience. In the past, health board elections were not particularly successful with many candidates being acclaimed and there were low voter turnouts.