CJD Review Team and Mandate Announced
Nova Scotia has recruited a senior health administrator fromoutside of the province to chair a review of the events aroundtwo suspected cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). Health Minister Angus MacIsaac said he is pleased that PatrickLee, executive director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital inCharlottetown, P.E.I., agreed to participate. “We promised to conduct a thorough and objective review, asquickly as possible,” Mr. MacIsaac said today, May 7. “Mr. Leehas the knowledge of health systems and objectivity important inthis type of review. His leadership will be important to movethis review forward and to deliver a report with recommendationswithin a month.” The review will look at the activities taken in each organizationrelated to the two recent cases of suspected CJD and makerecommendations to improve procedures for preventing and managingexposure to CJD in Nova Scotia. The review team’s terms of reference are available on the websiteat www.gov.ns.ca/health . The office of the provincial medical officer of health will co-ordinate the review and support will be provided by theDepartment of Health’s quality division. The review team will also include representatives from HealthCanada, Public Health, Department of Health, Capital Health andSouthwest Health. Pat Lee has a master of health administration from the Universityof Ottawa and is a certified health executive of the CanadianCollege of Health Service Executives. Before taking theleadership position at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in October2003, Mr. Lee was the vice president of the mental health programat the IWK Health Centre in Halifax for six years. Recommendations will be presented to the Minister of Health priorto public release.