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12/19/2019 1:00 AM

It has been an incredible fall for Patients for Patient Safety Canada (PFPSC), whose efforts have made significant strides to raise awareness with elected officials and senior leaders in governments across Canada. During the months of October and November, PFPSC hosted four Patient Roundtables with Ministers of Health and senior policy makers in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. 

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As volunteers working for more than a decade with providers and health care leaders in Canada, PFPSC members have been and continue to be deeply concerned about what the recent patient safety data is telling us. RiskAnalytica’s 2017 report found that patients are harmed in Canada every minute and 18 seconds, and a patient safety related death occurs every 13 minutes and 14 seconds.

For these reasons, PFPSC members felt that it was critical to take this message to elected officials across Canada.  Through the creation of the Provincial and Territorial Patient Roundtables, PFPSC’s objective is to promote awareness and understanding about patient safety with Ministers of Health; begin open, honest and frank conversations about what is truly needed to make care safer; and raise concerns about the need for transparency and collaborations that are possible to achieve PFPSC’s vision - ‘Every Patient Safe’.  

The first Patient Roundtable was in early October in Newfoundland and Labrador with Minister of Health Dr. John Haggie. Later that month, PFPSC hosted Patient Roundtables in Manitoba with Assistant Deputy Minister Avis Gray, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Health and Wellness, Randy Delorey, and Deputy Minister Mark Spidel on Prince Edward Island. 

Each roundtable has one overarching goal: to strengthen provincial government commitment to safer care. In the 90-minute roundtable conversations, patients share their stories and recommendations for policy action. The conversations centre around three policy requests: 

  • Do no harm: prevention and learning through reporting
  • Prevent further harm: disclosure principles
  • Engagement of patients: active partners for safer care

Each roundtable involves local patient partners from each province. Some are PFPSC members and some are new friends that have been made along the way. Overall, the huge success of these meetings tops off nearly a year of work from our dedicated PFPSC leadership, CPSI team members, and collaborators.

The next stage is to focus on the connections made through this initiative with engaged provinces and territories and continue to move the needle on patient safety with more Patient Roundtables to be scheduled in 2020.

Learn more about initiatives such as these on the Patients for Patient Safety Canada website.

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