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- British Columbia. Health Authorities division
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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, 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.
Scope and content
The series consists of correspondence, discussion papers, briefing notes, and draft agreements created between 1992 and 2010 by the Health Authorities division of the Ministry of Health and its predecessor, the Performance Management and Improvement division. Due to numerous reorganizations within the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health Services, there is evidence that earlier records may have changed custody several times. However, the records stayed with the successor body of the creating agent. The series documents the development, negotiation and approval of performance agreements between the provincial government and provincial health authorities. The records are arranged by topic and by health authority. Records pertaining to one topic or health authority may be found in several different accessions within the same series.
The records are arranged according to the original BC Government ORCS classification scheme and are covered by ORCS schedule 122352 (Health Authority Performance Management), secondary 25320-20. Except in cases where records were clearly misclassified, the series have been based on the ORCS number. Records in all accessions were heavily interfiled which has led to significant cross-over between the series, and in many cases there is clear evidence of misclassification of records. 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-3514, GR-3516.