Madam Speaker, most Islanders are all too familiar with the burden of cancer and the Canadian Cancer Society does a great job at brining this issue to light during cancer awareness month.
And Madam Speaker, the Department of Health and Wellness and Health PEI have recently made important progress in improving coordination of cancer services for Islanders.
I am pleased to provide an update to the members in the House today on the progress being made to better connect Islanders to important cancer care information and services.
This week, Marla Delaney began her work as the Provincial Cancer Coordinator. In her new role, she will facilitate the efforts of our health care system and community stakeholders as they work to reduce the impact of cancer on Islanders.
She will also support the development, implementation and evaluation of a three-year continuation of the existing cancer strategy for Prince Edward Island, which is currently being developed by the new Provincial Cancer Coordination Steering Committee.
Madam Speaker, expected to be complete this summer, the strategy will strive to ensure patients have efficient and effective access to cancer care; make better use of resources; and, provide direction and action-oriented plans to address cancer trends on Prince Edward Island.
This committee is committed to finding ways to develop sustainable cancer care services while providing the best possible cancer journey for each affected individual.
They aim to link strategy with action and will be working together to minimize the effects of cancer on individuals, families and the Island population as a whole.
Madam Speaker, we are committed to reducing the burden of cancer on Prince Edward Island and the work being done by this committee will position us to provide patient-centered programs and services that help Islanders stay healthy and cancer-free.
Thank you, Madam Speaker.