Series GR-4059 - Ministry of Health executive correspondence and committee files

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Ministry of Health executive correspondence and committee files

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  • 1988 - 2005 (Creation)

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5 m of textual records

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The Ministry of Health was established in 1976 as the successor to the Dept. of Health (OIC 3199/76). The ministry was responsible for managing public health in the province. In 1977, the department was organized into three major programs for mental health, public health and special health programs. After 1980, the department had three programs: Preventive Services, Direct Community Care Services, and Hospital Programs. Two years later the names of the programs changed to: Community Care, Long Term Care, and Hospital Programs. In 1984 the department’s two programs were Preventive and Community Care Services and Institutional Services. These changed to Hospital Programs, Continuing Care Services, and Emergency Health Services in 1988. Responsibility for seniors was added to the Ministry of Health in 1989, and in 1996 the ministry was renamed Ministry of Health and Ministry Responsible for Seniors (OIC 203/96).

In 2001, the functions of the ministry were divided between two new ministries: the Ministry of Health Services and the Ministry of Health Planning.

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The Ministry of Health Services was established in 2001 as the successor to the Ministry of Health (OIC 430/2008). The ministry was mandated to guide and enhance the province's health services. It was responsible for providing direction and support to service delivery partners; setting goals and standards for health service delivery by health authorities; managing provincial health programs including the Medical Services Plan, Pharmacare, B.C. Vital Statistics Agency and Emergency Health Services Commission; and monitoring and evaluating the delivery of health services and the health of the population. In 2004 the functions of the disestablished Ministry of Health Planning were added to the Ministry of Health Services. It was renamed the Ministry of Health in 2005.

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The series consists of executive correspondence and committee records created and received by the division responsible for strategic policy, legislation, and intergovernmental relations of the Ministry of Health Services (2001-2005) and the Ministry of Health from 1988-2001. The executive correspondence provides evidence of the interaction between the public and ministry executive regarding significant health service issues. The correspondence was sent by members of the public to Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers; drafts were prepared by ministry staff for executive review and approval. This series also documents the functions and activities of major cross-jurisdictional committees such as the Advisory committee on Health Services, the Federal/Provincial/Territorial conference of the Ministers of Health, the Advisory committee on Population Health and Health Security, the Health Council of Canada, and the Minister's Advisory committee on Ethical Issues in Health Care. These records provide evidence of the ministry's role in these committees and its position on national health service delivery issues.

The correspondence files are arranged by executive creating office or topic and date; the committee files are arranged by committee/conference name and date. The records consist of correspondence, correspondence assignment forms, briefing materials, meeting and conference materials, reports, memoranda, drafts, and project files. Each file is assigned an Administrative Records Classification System (100001) file code, predominantly ARCS 280-30 executive correspondence referral replies and ARCS 206 committees and commissions – inter-provincial/federal.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Health in 2017.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Accession number 95-1057

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