April 7, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Premier Shawn Graham released in the legislative assembly today an independent report commissioned to recommend improvements in health-care delivery for francophone provincial residents.
The report, Toward an Improved Health Care System in French in New Brunswick, was written by Gino LeBlanc, who was appointed by the premier in December 2009 to consult the francophone community on ways to improve health-care services and health-care governance for francophone residents.
"Since taking office, our government has worked hard to strengthen health-care services in francophone areas," Graham said. "We have also worked hard to strengthen services for francophones who live in predominantly anglophone areas.
"The report includes very thoughtful recommendations to strengthen our health system through both administrative as well as legislative changes. I appointed Gino LeBlanc to consult with New Brunswickers to see how to better improve the health-care system for francophones in the province, and I would like to thank him for his work and determination to develop a comprehensive report."
The provincial government will soon respond to the report, the premier said.
LeBlanc is an associate researcher at the Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration at the Université de Moncton. He is also the former president of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada. He has an in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing francophones living in a minority environment.
"This report is a reflection of the governance structures needed for Acadians and francophones in the area of health and wellness," LeBlanc said. "It is important to reflect collectively on the benchmarks that we wish to establish so that the system can respond to our needs. I believe that my recommendations will lead to legislative and administrative changes that will affirm a vision for the community and establish an impressive francophone network in the area of health in New Brunswick."
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3506.