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Gov't to fast-track 10-year health plan

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Dr Christopher Tufton

The government will be accelerating the 10-year strategic plan to enhance the country's public health system.

Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton, explained that the general objective of this plan is to strengthen the strategic development planning process for the health sector.

He said it will focus on the continued roll-out of the Primary Healthcare Renewal Programme and tackling non-communicable diseases (NCD) as part of an integrated health service delivery model.

"This includes a reconfiguration of the clinical network of providers in order to improve clinical management and use of resources, and to ensure that all points of entry into the healthcare system are prepared to offer the essential package of primary healthcare services," he said.

He noted that the strategic plan will also include a policy review of the governance mechanism for the sector and particularly the functions of the Regional Health Authorities with the aim of defining the most efficient approach to managing the delivery of healthcare across the country.

He indicated that a World Bank-led benchmarking cost review has commenced in support of the review process.

"This is intended to examine and benchmark the cost associated with the administration of healthcare in different areas so we can get a feel of whether we are spending optimally at the different levels of healthcare provision, even with the limited resources," he said.

Dr. Tufton said included will be an implementation strategy and a monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure that the agreed approach is being consistently implemented and "if we are deviating from our path in achieving the planned outcomes".

The Minister noted that the previous administration had initiated the review process.