Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Premier Takes Swipe at Opposition Plans to Cut Health Boards

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Premier Takes Swipe at Opposition Plans to Cut Health Boards

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Premier raps plans to cut health boards

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HALIFAX - Plans by Nova Scotia's opposition parties to cut the number of health districts won't save money and will transfer more work to health staff, Premier Darrell Dexter said Tuesday.

Dexter said the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives would be "naive and ill-informed" if they think reducing the number of health districts would trim health costs.

He said millions would be spent on severance pay to executives alone and more duties would fall to frontline health workers if Nova Scotia's 10 health districts were merged.

"It's going to mean that less money goes into patient care and they are going to cause labour disruptions right across the province," said Dexter. "This is a very bad idea."

Nova Scotia has nine district health authorities and a board for the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

Dexter said while the health authorities aren't perfect, his government has taken measures to reduce administrative costs. He said such costs ate up 6. …

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