While the media's attention was focused on the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the government quietly announced on Friday it will be hiring a consulting firm to monitor the consolidation of "corporate, clinical support and back office functions" at Lower Mainland health authorities. According to the bid document, "virtually every non-clinical service will be looked at as a potential consolidation opportunity" as part of that initiative - which will eventually be expanded to include "the Northern Health Authority, Interior Health Authority and the Vancouver Island Health Authority" once its value its demonstrated. And that's likely one reason why the government is looking for a firm to review the authorities' "current project plans" and establish a framework for monitoring their effectiveness. The following is a complete copy of that request for proposal, which includes a list of the 12 consolidation projects presently underway.
February 15, 2010