Government releases formal response to pathology report (09/02/27)

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Feb. 27, 2009

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Changes have been made to the way pathology services are delivered in New Brunswick's health-care system, following the Inquiry into Pathology Services at the Miramichi Regional Hospital.


Health Minister Michael Murphy today released the government's formal response to the report.

"This government has heard the recommendations of the Creaghan inquiry loudly and clearly, and has acted immediately," said Murphy. "The inquiry that began in Miramichi has resulted in provincewide improvements to our health-care system."

The Department of Health, working with key stakeholders, has already implemented many of the 52 recommendations put forward by the commission.

"Judge Creaghan's comprehensive report has been very useful to this government in our efforts to ensure that patients throughout the province receive the highest quality pathology services in our health-care system," said Murphy.

In the government's formal response document:

Murphy named Justice Paul S. Creaghan to head the commission in February 2008. Its recommendations were released to the public on Dec. 10. They covered areas such as quality assurance in the health-care system, the retention of trained pathologists, and the role of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick. The recommendations were directed at the Department of Health, the New Brunswick Health Council, Regional Health Authorities, and other key stakeholders.

The official response document is available on the Department of Health website.


MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.