- The Yukon government stated that work on healthcare reforms in the territory continues.
- Premier Sandy Silver had appointed Michael Hale as an additional Deputy Minister with the Department of Health and Social Services.
The Yukon government stated that work on healthcare reforms in the territory continues.
In a release put out in December. 16, the government said that Premier Sandy Silver had appointed Michael Hale as an additional Deputy Minister with the Department of Health and Social Services to oversee the development of the new public health agency.
Hale previously served as the president of Northern Vision Development and is a former vice-president of BMC Minerals and CAO of Yukon College.
The existing deputy minister, Stephen Samis, will focus on delivering social services and looking after COVID-19 responses in the Yukon.
Executing the 76 recommendations from the People Putting the First report, which included the healthcare reforms from childcare to medical travel, will be a tremendous job.
One of the recommendations was to make an arms-length government agency to look after the healthcare delivery and contract NGOs or other providers to bring specialty services.
This includes responsibility for the hospitals under the Yukon Hospital Corporation and long-term care, primary care, and treatment facilities under the Department of Health and Social Services.
“Creating a new public health agency would improve outcomes and experiences for clients, patients, families, and health and social service providers,” said Minister of Health Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee in the statement.