PC plan takes money from the boardroom into the Emergency Room

October 01, 2013 at 10:23 am

Recognizes unique health care needs of rural Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NS – A Progressive Conservative government will spend health dollars on patients, not on executives, PC leader Jamie Baillie said today.

Baillie unveiled the comprehensive PC plan for health care at the campaign headquarters of Andrew Black, PC candidate for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island.

“Funding meant for health care should not pay for the salaries of 10 CEOs, 72 vice presidents and hundreds of managers,” Baillie said. “That money should pay for insulin pumps for children, for cancer patients to travel for treatment and for more doctors and nurses.”

A PC government will reduce the number of District Health Authorities to three – one for Halifax, one for the rest of Nova Scotia and the IWK. The plan is expected to save about $60 million. The PC plan preserves volunteer Community Health Boards to enhance local decision making.

A PC government will strike a five-year agreement with the health authorities that holds executives accountable for real results, like shorter Emergency Room waits and real wait time reductions for procedures like hip and knee surgeries.

Other highlights of the PC health care plan include:

• Incentives for doctors to practice in underserviced areas

• New regulations to enable pharmacists to do more

• Expanding the BTO program so more cancer patients and their families get the help they need

• Investing in local health care capital priorities when communities have raised funds

• Creating Community Care Centres that bring together family health care, early childhood learning and elder care under one roof

The NDP defend the status quo of hundreds of six-figure salaries, long wait times, taxpayer funded Tim Hortons and closed signs on rural ERs.

“The Liberals’ ‘one size fits all’ plan ignores the unique health delivery challenges in rural Nova Scotia,” Baillie said. “Stephen McNeil’s plan is to make all health care decisions in Halifax.”

The reduction in the number of health authorities will not impact seniority for unionized employees.

Only the Progressive Conservative plan, Change that Works, strikes the right balance. It directs funding to the services Nova Scotians need and recognizes that rural health care needs are unique.