This is page numbers 4463 - 4502 of the Hansard for the 16th Assembly, 4th Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was health.

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Question 399-16(4): Nursing Services In Small Communities
Oral Questions (Reversion)

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Ms. Lee. Final supplementary, Mrs. Groenewegen.

Question 399-16(4): Nursing Services In Small Communities
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Jane Groenewegen Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in the House there’s been a lot of discussion around the number of days that the health care professional or the nurse or the doctor would visit the community that people could have access to the service that they like, but they do not stay there. It’s not a continuing thing. I understand the resources would not necessarily allow the very small communities to have someone resident there. Has the Minister ever considered approaching this from the possibility that there may be retired, semi-retired people who have been involved in health care their whole life who would really appreciate an opportunity to make a difference in these small communities and maybe work in those communities on a part-time basis as opposed to being a full-fledged full-time position which would cost the government a full person year in wages and support? Has the government ever thought that there may be people out there who consider the North a place where they would like to make that kind of contribution and really have the ability... Maybe they have worked in a big city hospital their whole life and they would like to come to a small community and work there and maybe only be paid on a part-time basis, but have the experience of living in the North and have an impact on the community. Thank you.

Question 399-16(4): Nursing Services In Small Communities
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Range Lake

Sandy Lee Minister of Health and Social Services

Absolutely, and right now at this moment we welcome any nurse: the young nurse, the young graduates, the retired, the part-time. Anybody who wants to work three shifts, we would take any nurse. Mr. Speaker, qualified nurses... We have about 400 nurses registered, I believe, under the Nurses’ Association, but we continue to have 30 to 40 percent vacancy rates of nurses and other health care professionals. Communities like Tsiigehtchic and Wrigley have the equivalent of one PY and that’s equivalent to 2003 and that is a part-time position. So the community of Tsiigehtchic gets half a year nursing service and that would work out to what you would spend if you had a nurse four hours a day. Since 2003, since we adopted a new model, our labour practices have changed. So if you want to have one full-time nurse in any community, you really need the equivalent of two and a half PYs. So if the Members are willing to consider having a part-time nurse, half a day in a community, we could accommodate that. Thank you.

Question 399-16(4): Nursing Services In Small Communities
Oral Questions (Reversion)

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Ms. Lee. The honourable Member for Sahtu, Mr. Yakeleya.

Question 400-16(4): Nursing Services In The Sahtu
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Thank you. The question I have, Mr. Speaker, is to the Minister of Health and Social Services with regard to the issue of nurses in small communities. Can the Minister tell the House how many communities do not have a full-time nurse?

Question 400-16(4): Nursing Services In The Sahtu
Oral Questions (Reversion)

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. The honourable Minister of Health and Social Services, Ms. Lee.

Question 400-16(4): Nursing Services In The Sahtu
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Range Lake

Sandy Lee Minister of Health and Social Services

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Once again, every community has nursing services. I believe the Member is asking how many communities have nurses that don’t live there. I don’t know exactly what number. I believe it’s four or five, perhaps six. I have to get back to the Member.

Question 400-16(4): Nursing Services In The Sahtu
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

The community of Colville Lake has community health representatives. It’s not a health centre; it’s a nursing station. These good dedicated people work throughout the year. They have needed some training to just do the basic health care services in Colville Lake. I want to ask the Minister as to the level of comfort... As Mrs. Groenewegen has indicated, when people know there is a nurse in the community, there is some level of comfort for people. The people in Colville Lake are also trained throughout the year. Regarding training our community health representatives that don’t have a full-time nurse living in communities, is there adequate training for these people to take on the job 24/7 in the communities?

Question 400-16(4): Nursing Services In The Sahtu
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Range Lake

Sandy Lee Minister of Health and Social Services

Colville Lake is one of the communities, along with some others that do not have a resident nurse. They have a half-time homecare support worker and a community health rep. They are very closely supported by the nursing centre in Fort Good Hope. They do visits to Colville Lake regularly and I am aware that they are in constant touch by phone and the community health reps in Colville Lake are trained to provide services. That is the case for all of the other facilities in the Territories. Not only for community health reps, but even for other health care professionals like nurses, because everyone in the field needs constant training and support. Thank you.

Question 400-16(4): Nursing Services In The Sahtu
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

The health care services to Colville Lake by the Sahtu Health Board, mainly the community of Fort Good Hope, has provided an increase of health care into Colville Lake. I spoke to the health representatives and they are happy they are seeing more regular visits by the nurse. Also they made mention that they would like to see more training for an additional position, because it gets quite heavy in terms of their responsibility as a health care professional. Would the Minister look at program funding in terms of having an additional

person in Colville Lake to help out and offset health care services in Colville?

Question 400-16(4): Nursing Services In The Sahtu
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Range Lake

Sandy Lee Minister of Health and Social Services

Once again, the Sahtu Health Authority does review the workload and, in fact, they have tried to do a different model of delivery where the community health rep and homecare support services were combined in some communities. I believe the authority is reviewing that, so I will undertake to discuss with the authority and get back to the Member.

Question 400-16(4): Nursing Services In The Sahtu
Oral Questions (Reversion)

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Ms. Lee. Item 8, written questions. The honourable Member for Yellowknife Centre, Mr. Hawkins.

Written Questions 27-16(4): Grants And Contributions To Barren-Ground Outfitters
Written Questions

February 24th, 2010

Robert Hawkins Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My questions are for the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment:

1. Please identify the grants and contributions

provided to the Barren-Ground Outfitters for the fiscal years, 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.

2. Can the Minister also identify the purpose of

each grant and/or contribution to those outfitters?

3. Can the Minister provide any accountability

measures required by the grants and contributions?

Written Questions 27-16(4): Grants And Contributions To Barren-Ground Outfitters
Written Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Hawkins. Item 9, returns to written questions. Mr. Clerk.

Return To Written Question 17-18(4): Income Support Services To Lutselk’e
Returns to Written Questions

Doug Schauerte Deputy Clerk Of The House

Mr. Speaker, I have a return to written question asked by Mr. Beaulieu on February 4, 2010, regarding income support services in Lutselk’e.

1. How many visits did the client service officers

make to Lutselk’e in the following years:

a) 2007-2008

b) 2008-2009

c) 2009-2010

In 2007-2008, client service officers (CSOs) made two visits to Lutselk’e.

In April 2008, responsibility for the Income Security Program (ISP) delivery was transferred to the North Slave region.

In 2008-2009, a Yellowknife-based CSO made eight visits to Lutselk’e.

In the current fiscal year, 2009-2010 up to February 2010, a Yellowknife-based CSO has made six visits to Lutselk’e.

From November 2008 through July 2009, the community was serviced by an individual who was hired from and resided in the community. That individual has since left the position. Since summer of 2007, a total of six competitions have been run to permanently staff a CSO position. However, no candidates have been successful so far.

In addition to visits, services are available to clients at all times through a Yellowknife CSO by a toll-free telephone. That way a client does not need to wait for a CSO visit to their community to access services.

2. How many clients were seen during these

visits broken down by approvals and refusals?

The department does not track information on the number of income assistance or public housing rental subsidy clients seen by CSOs visiting a community. Instead, ECE records the total number of income assistance and PHRS cases assessed by phone and/or in person on a monthly basis. The average number of cases assessed per month and the total number of cases assessed by fiscal year have been calculated from this information. Later today, at the appropriate time, I will table the document Lutselk’e Income Assistance and Public Housing Rental Subsidy Program Caseload Statistics 2007-2010.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.