McNeil-Baillie health super bureaucracy “would be a disaster” says expert

September 18, 2013

NDP candidate and Minister of Health Dave Wilson says he is pleased to see well known and respected health experts like Mary Jane Hampton speaking out about the health superboard being proposed by Liberal leader Stephen McNeil and Conservative leader Jamie Baillie. 

“The Baillie-McNeil health super bureaucracy would cause chaos in our health system and hurt front line care. I’m pleased to see health experts and community leaders are speaking out about the devastating impacts this plan would have,” said Wilson, who is running in Sackville – Cobequid.

Health care consultant Mary Jane Hampton was a featured guest on CBC’s Information Morning today. Hampton, who has worked in the Nova Scotia health care system for decades, warned the last time the Liberals tried to drastically reduce health administration, ”It was one of the most painful experiences that people went through, not a time that we would want to repeat,”.

Hampton also said, “Having all decisions come from Halifax and the Minister of Health as the de facto CEO of the system would be a disaster,”. Instead, Hampton suggested that Nova Scotians would be better off “to tweak the system that we’ve got so as not to entirely destabilize it,”.

Wilson says that is exactly the approach the NDP have adopted and will continue to follow.

“We have been working hard over the past four years to find ways to make our health care system more efficient without throwing it into a tailspin. We have led the country in our reduction of health care administration spending since 2009 and we have a plan to do more,” said Wilson.

Wilson says the justification used by Stephen McNeil and Jamie Baillie that implementing a health super bureaucracy is a necessary evil because of upcoming changes to federal health care funding is leading Nova Scotians astray. That sentiment was echoed by Hampton.

“To think that we can deal with the funding Armageddon that is coming in 2015 with the end of the Health Accord by deciding whether we need four VP’s or eight VP’s is a tragic deflection of the real issues that we need to get to in health reform,” said Hampton.

Hamton says Nova Scotians ought to keep as much decision making as it possibly can right at the front line in communities and right at the front line of patient care.

“The NDP’s plan for better care sooner is giving Nova Scotians access to the health care they need when and where they need it. We will continue to ensure that our emergency rooms are staying open and that people don’t need to leave there communities to seek medical attention,” said Wilson.

The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.

The election will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8th.