Pickings: Dexter NDP had four years to do something about skyrocketing administration costs

September 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Liberal plan ignores rural Nova Scotians

LUNENBURG – Lunenburg Progressive Conservative candidate Brian Pickings says the Dexter NDP’s record of defending bloated bureaucratic costs in the health care sector proves Dave Wilson’s latest claims about reducing administration can’t be trusted.

Pickings pointed out that under the Dexter NDP, the number of full-time equivalent positions in administration within health care actually increased by 33 per cent.

Nova Scotia’s 10 District Health Authorities have 540 people making more than $100,000, with a total price tag of nearly $53.4 million. Pickings says that fact proves the Dexter NDP have their priorities backwards and do not put patients first in health care.

“For four years the Dexter NDP has defended maintaining 10 health authorities, with 10 CEOs, dozens of vice-presidents and hundreds of directors,” said Pickings. “They had the opportunity to do something about the ballooning costs of administration and instead they chose to grow the bureaucracy while cutting front line health care services.”

The Dexter NDP have maintained a ballooning bureaucracy while stopping attempts by DHAs to save taxpayers’ money. For four years, Capital Health has tried to move out of money losing retail food operations, like a money losing Tim Hortons, but the Dexter NDP has not allowed them.

“The Dexter NDP has been on a mission to defend the people at the top of the health care system and ordinary patients have been paying the price,” said Pickings.

While the Dexter NDP record proves bureaucrats and administrators come first, the McNeil Liberals’ plan leaves rural Nova Scotians behind. The Liberals are calling for the creation of one super board that would ignore the unique needs of rural Nova Scotians.

Pickings says only the Baillie Progressive Conservatives can be trusted to put patients, both rural and urban, first in health care.

The Progressive Conservative plan, Change that Works, will reduce the bureaucracy by going from 10 District Health Authorities to three – one for urban, one for the rest of Nova Scotia and one for the IWK. The savings identified will be redirected into front line health care services. The Progressive Conservatives also have a plan to increase the number of family doctors in rural communities by providing incentives to those committing to at least five years of medical practice in an underserviced area.

“We need a health care system that works for everyone – not just the administrators at the top or people from the city,” said Pickings. “Jamie Baillie and the Progressive Conservatives have a plan to put patients from every corner of Nova Scotia first in health care.”