Province to launch 'patient voices network'

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New Brunswick is establishing a platform to allow patients to share their ideas and input about the province's health-care system.

The Department of Health says the new "patient voices network" will be overseen by the New Brunswick Health Council.

Stéphane Robichaud, the council's chief executive officer, says the mandate of the New Brunswick Health Council is to engage with citizens in a meaningful dialogue to improve the quality of health services.

Government says the council's role is also expanding to include progress reports with respect to goals in the health plan, and will join other groups that currently govern standards, day-to-day operations and performance to identify the most effective model of governance.

The council will collaborate with the departments of Health and Social Development, regional health authorities, Extra-Mural/Ambulance New Brunswick and Service New Brunswick to finalize key performance indicators, and will begin providing quarterly reports on the system's progress in April 2022.