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Agreement signed with federal government to improve health-care services

New Brunswick is the first province to sign an agreement that increases federal funding for home and community care, as well as services for mental health and addictions. In photo, seated: federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Health Minister Benoît Bourque. Standing, Finance Minister Cathy Rogers and Saint John Harbour MLA Ed Doherty.

Naloxone kits to be available in New Brunswick

The provincial government is introducing a naloxone kit program. From left: Dr. Jennifer Russell, acting chief medical officer of health; Matthew Smith, executive director of AIDS New Brunswick; and Health Minister Benoît Bourque.

Improved access to physicians in Greater Moncton region and province

A total of 93 new physicians have been hired in the Moncton region since September 2014. From left: Health Minister Benoît Bourque; Dr. Yasser Hayat; Premier Brian Gallant; Dr. Caroline Sheitoyan Pesant; and Finance Minister Cathy Rogers.

Investment in pediatric and obstetrical services at Edmundston Regional Hospital

The provincial government is investing about $2 million to create a mother and child care unit at the Edmundston Regional Hospital. From left: Economic Development Minister Francine Landry; Gisèle Beaulieu, vice-president of performance, quality and corporate services for Vitalité Health Network; Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard and Premier Brian Gallant.

Legislation concerning cannabis control and drug-impaired driving

Legislation to be introduced this week aims to help protect New Brunswickers, particularly youth, from harm associated with cannabis use. Participating in the announcement were Health Minister Benoît Bourque, left, and Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry.

Midwives now accepting clients in Fredericton

The first registered midwives introduced into the province’s health-care system have started accepting clients in the Fredericton region. From left: deputy premier Stephen Horsman; Ashley Kaye and Melissa Langlais, midwives, Horizon Health Network; Bronwyn Davies, director of primary care for Horizon Health Network; and Geri Geldart, vice-president clinical of Horizon Health Network.

Collaborative agreement to reduce MRI wait times in Moncton

Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network have entered into an agreement that will improve access to MRI services in the Greater Moncton region. From left: Gary Foley, vice-president of professional services, Horizon Health Network; Moncton East MLA Monique LeBlanc; Johanne Roy, vice-president of clinical services, Vitalité Health Network; Premier Brian Gallant; and Health Minister Benoît Bourque.

Medicare now available for international students

Medicare coverage is now available for international students studying full-time in New Brunswick. From left: Health Minister Benoît Bourque; Robert Burroughs, executive director of the New Brunswick Student Alliance; Tristian Gaudet, president of the Fédération des étudiantes et étudiants du Campus universitaire de Moncton; Samuel Jordan Nganga, president of the Association des étudiants et étudiantes internationaux du Centre universitaire de ...

Investment in mental health support in schools

The Integrated Service Delivery model for providing mental health, addiction, intervention and social services to children and youth has been expanded to all public schools in the province. Premier Brian Gallant made the announcement on Tuesday during an event at Riverview Middle School. From left: André Gionet, manager, child and youth teams, Acadian Peninsula, mental health, Vitalité Health Network; Gregg ...

Improved access to physicians in Saint John region

A total of 52 new physicians have been hired in the Saint John region since September 2014. From left: Robert Mackinnon, vice-president, University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus; Dr. Julius Poon, thoracic surgeon; Dr. Margot Burnell, chief of staff for the Saint John area, Horizon Health Network; Saint John Harbour MLA Ed Doherty; Premier Brian Gallant; Dr. Pamela Forsythe, ...

Improved access to physicians in northern New Brunswick

A total of 43 new physicians have been hired in the Restigouche and Acadie-Bathurst zones of the Vitalité Health Network since September 2014. From left: Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry; Dr. Warren Albert, general practitioner; Dr. Neil Branch, medical director, Vitalité Health Network; Dr. France Desrosiers, vice-president of medical services, training and research, Vitalité Health Network; and Education ...

Saint John provincial court to reinstitute mental health docket this fall

A mental health docket will be reintroduced to the provincial court in Saint John in early November. From left: Saint John Harbour MLA Ed Doherty; Randy Hatfield, executive director of the Saint John Human Development Council; and Premier Brian Gallant.

New member of Executive Council sworn in

In a ceremony in Cocagne, Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau swore in Benoît Bourque as minister of health today. Bourque is one of three new members sworn into Executive Council as part of changes announced on Sept. 5. From left: Roy Vienneau; Judy Wagner, clerk of the Executive Council; Bourque; and Premier Brian Gallant.

Integration of primary health-care resources

The provincial government is integrating the services of Ambulance New Brunswick, the Extra-Mural Program and Tele-Care 811 to help manage primary health-care needs. The new public service entity will be managed by Medavie Health Services New Brunswick. From left: Dr. Pamela Jarrett, geriatrician, Horizon Health Network; Bernard Lord, CEO Medavie; Health Minister Victor Boudreau; and Brenda Kinney, president of the ...

Rotavirus vaccine now available

The publicly funded Rotavirus vaccine is now available for infants born in 2017 who are less than 15 weeks old. From left: mother Jillian Hansen and baby Harlen Bird; public health nurse Beth Heppell; and Health Minister Victor Boudreau.

Work underway to respond to opioid misuse and overdoses

A provincial interdepartmental task group continues to work with its partners to respond to opioid misuse and overdoses in New Brunswick. Ambulance New Brunswick officials demonstrated the use of naloxone. From left: Eric Beairsto, manager of training and quality assurance, Ambulance New Brunswick; JP Savoie, director of operations, Ambulance New Brunswick; deputy premier Stephen Horsman; and Health Minister Victor Boudreau.

Regulatory amendments proposed to strengthen enforcement of the Smoke Free Places Act

The provincial government is proposing amendments to General Regulation 91-50 under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act to strengthen the enforcement of the Smoke Free Places Act. From left: deputy premier Stephen Horsman; Barbara Wells, director of health promotion of the New Brunswick Lung Association; and Health Minister Victor Boudreau.

Province and New Brunswick Medical Society ratify new four-year agreement

The provincial government and the New Brunswick Medical Society have signed a new four-year physician services master agreement which is intended to enhance access to primary health care in the province. From left: Health Minister Victor Boudreau and society president Lynn Murphy-Kaulbeck.

Further investment in Chaleur Regional Hospital addition

The provincial government is investing $27.4 million from the 2017-18 capital budget to continue construction of a five-storey addition at the Chaleur Regional Hospital. From left: Stéphane Legacy, vice-president of outpatient and professional Services, Vitalité Health Network; Jean-Guy Robichaud, president of the Chaleur Regional Hospital Foundation; Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny; Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis ...

Enhanced monitoring of tick distribution in southern New Brunswick

The provincial and federal governments are partnering to enhance field surveillance and tick collection over a two-year period to monitor the distribution of ticks and the risk of Lyme disease. From left: Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames; Dr. Jennifer Russell, acting chief medical officer of health; and Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet.