Cost of Liberal DHA amalgamation continues to rise
November 17, 2015
According to a government briefing note the cost of amalgamating Nova Scotia’s district health authorities has now surpassed $9 million, $3 million more than had previously been disclosed by the McNeil government.
During the election Stephen McNeil promised to save $13 million annually by merging district health authorities. Now into the third year of the Liberal government’s mandate, there is a $22 million gap between what was promised and what has been delivered.
NDP Health critic Dave Wilson says the McNeil government has wasted money and resources that should have gone to front line care by amalgamating district health authorities.
“When the Liberals announced this plan, they were warned it would create turmoil and lead to unintended costs and that’s exactly what happened,” says Wilson. “We’ve seen cuts across our health care system as a result. The mental health unit at the Aberdeen hospital is now closed, groups like CNIB, Eating Disorders Nova Scotia and Hope Blooms have lost funding, there has been a moratorium placed on long term care beds and the waiting lists for surgeries continue to grow. Meanwhile the McNeil government has pumped millions of dollars into shuffling the board room chairs. This is a very unfortunate situation and the sad part is it all could have been avoided.”