Series GR-3514 - Health authority legislation and policy review files

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Health authority legislation and policy review files

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  • 1997-2010 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Health Authorities division

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90 cm textual records

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The Health Authorities division was established in 2006 as part of the Ministry of Health. It succeeded the Performance Management and Improvement division (2003-2006), which had included a smaller Health Authority branch. The Health Authorities division was designed to ensure that sustainable and affordable patient-centered care was delivered to patients through BC’s six health authorities. The Division defined standards of performance and developed frameworks to manage provincial health initiatives.

In 2008, the Division fell under the newly-renamed Ministry of Health Services and by 2010 it was divided into seven subordinate branches. These branches provided strategic direction and managed the performance of the province’s six health authorities, managed patient care quality, managed patient safety, guided health care transformation funding, resolved patient concerns and systemic issues on behalf of the Minister of Health, and developed legislative and policy options for divisional programs. The Division was also responsible for liaising with other branches within the Ministry of Health, including its work on the surgical wait list website with the Health Information and Modernization branch.

The Division styled itself as the steward of the province’s health services, and helped to manage the flow of information and decisions between the Ministry and the six health authorities. By 2010, the Division had approximately 110 staff.

In 2013, the Division was succeeded by the Health Services division.

Custodial history

Records from accession 96-7866 appear to have been in the custody of the Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance division which was the successor to the Health Authorities division.

Scope and content

The series consists of draft and final policies, reports, presentations, and correspondence created by the Health Authorities division of the Ministry of Health between 1997 and 2010. Although accession 96-7866 was transferred to the Archives by the Health Authority division’s successor, the Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance division, the dates of the records suggest that they were created by the Health Authorities division. The series documents the review and formulation of recommendations on legislation and policy pertaining to the province’s health authorities, including policies on acute care and donations of gifts.

The series is arranged by policy topic. Policies pertaining to a subject may be found in different accessions. The series is covered by ORCS schedule 122352 (Health Authority Performance Management), secondaries 25200-20 and 25200-30. Except in cases where records were clearly misclassified, the series has been based entirely on the ORCS number. Records in all accessions were heavily interfiled with records from other series, which has led to significant cross-over between the series. Researchers are advised to consult finding aids for the following related series in order to better and more fully understand the records : GR-3512, GR-3513, GR-3515, and GR-3516.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Health in May 2016.


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Records are restricted. Please contact BC Archives staff for more information and to arrange access.

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See other health series : GR-3512, GR-3513, GR-3515, and GR-3516.

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Accession number(s) : 95-4371, 95-6838, 96-0042, 96-0918, 96-4650, and 96-7866.

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