I am writing in response to the Telegram’s Oct. 12 editorial, headlined “A chronic disease.”
In this editorial, the author is suggesting that the provincial government is playing politics with health-care foundation funding. This insinuation is troubling and furthermore it demeans the tireless work carried out by the volunteers who help ensure that health-care foundations reach their goals.
Health-care foundations throughout the province play an important role in complementing the health-care system by raising money to help meet the needs of their local regional health authority. As part of their fundraising efforts, they reach out to donors throughout the province, including the provincial government.
The Department of Health and Community Services receives requests annually to support these causes; we provided $858,000 to various health-care foundations in 2011-12. The requests that are received are evaluated on their merits and the priorities of the regional health authorities. They are not solicited by the department. The core principle of this approach is based on the health-care foundation making the request.
At the time of the Dr. Charles L. Legrow Health Care Foundation radiothon, no such request had been made to the department. However, since this issue has been raised publicly, I have been informed that a request has been made by this health-care foundation. That request is now being evaluated as per our established process.
The fundraising work carried out by the Dr. Charles L. Legrow Health Care Foundation and all of the health-care foundations in our province is invaluable. They really do make a difference in the lives of the people of the province.
Our government does not play politics with the health of our residents. The choices we make are in the best interests of our communities, regions and the province overall.
Susan Sullivan, minister
Health and Community Services