Sunday, May 25, 2014

Health Minister Asked To Come Clean On Costs Of Health Reform

Nova Scotia's Liberal government had health care reform high on its agenda during last fall's provincial election campaign. Now, the process of cutting the number of health authories from 9 to 2 is underway and the government says the process will allow more money to be aimed at front-line health care. Former NDP health minister and now party legislative critic Dave Wilson says the cost of the reform process will be excessive. He's calling on the present health minister to come clean and spell out the actual costs.

The government hopes to have the amalgamation process complete by next April with dozens of administrators and workers with duplicate jobs eliminated. There will be one health authority for Halifax's Capital Health District and the IWK and one for the rest of the province.