Feds ante up $40 million for patient
– Mr. Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf
of the Honourable Tony Clement, Federal Minister of Health, announced
renewed funding of up to $8 million a year, over the next five years, to
the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), to continue providing
leadership and building a culture of patient safety and quality
improvement in the Canadian healthcare system.
Since it was established in December 2003, the CPSI has worked to foster
collaboration between governments, regulatory bodies and stakeholders,
and to develop effective patient safety strategies, frameworks, tools
“Providing safe, high quality healthcare is a priority for the
healthcare system and a priority for all governments,” said Mr. Hawn.
“Canada has a quality healthcare system that delivers safe and effective
care to Canadians every day.”
“But we know we can do better,” he continued. “Adverse events continue
to affect thousands of patients every year. That is why I am pleased to
renew funding to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute as it enters the
second phase of its mandate to build and advance a safer Canadian
“This five-year funding commitment endorses and affirms our collective
efforts to date towards making Canada a world leader in advancing
patient safety - accomplishments only made possible through close
cooperation and collaboration with many committed health professionals
and healthcare organizations across the country,” said Philip Hassen
CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
“We are extremely appreciative to Mr. Hawn, Minister Clement and the
federal government for that support and we will continue to work
diligently with our healthcare partners, all provincial and territorial
healthcare organizations, as well as Health Canada to ensure that it
results in the highest possible level of safe care for the patients we
The CPSI has laid important groundwork to advance patient safety. The
Safer Healthcare Now! campaign has engaged some 830 healthcare teams
across the country to reducing preventable injuries or deaths in
hospitals. The recently released Canadian Disclosure Guidelines
represent the commitment to protect patients’ rights to be informed in
the event of an adverse event.
Over the next five years, in collaboration with its network of national
and regional partners, the CPSI will build on these successes and focus
on four key areas: education, research, tools and resources, and,
interventions and programs.
It will continue to promote patient safety as a focus in health sector
education and training, and facilitate the development of curriculum
competencies The CPSI will also enhance patient safety research
capacity, provide tools to foster accountability and improve patient
safety practices and processes and develop pan-Canadian programs to
enable timely implementation of patient safety practices..