Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

May 06, 2013 04:00 ET

CUPE Nova Scotia charges so-called 'cost-savings' from merged DHAs are fictional

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - May 6, 2013) - CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says the two opposition party leaders are floating fictional numbers when it comes to any 'savings' that would come from merging the province's District Health Authorities (DHAs).

Stephen McNeil and the Liberals have put forward a plan that would see two health boards created, one for the IWK and another for the entire province. There are currently eight DHAs.

Says Cavanagh, "Rural Nova Scotia does not want to see its voice and its decision-making ability on vital health care issues moved to Halifax."

Cavanagh says, "The two parties seem to have wildly differing figures for what the cost-savings might be from such a move. The Liberals say their changes would save about $10 million in administrative costs per year, while the Conservatives say theirs would save up to $75 million. That's a $65 million difference. They are pulling numbers out of the air."

Meanwhile, CUPE Acute Care Co-ordinator Wayne Thomas says, "Alberta has tried going down this road and they've had major upheaval as a result. That province's doctors have been openly critical of the so-called 'super-board', charging it has led to skyrocketing wait times and emergency rooms on the verge of what one internal report warned was near collapse.

"The first full fiscal year with that new health authority in charge in Alberta saw administration costs rise to $390 million, an increase of $46 million - or 13 per cent - over one year," says Thomas.

Contact Information

  • CUPE NS President
    Danny Cavanagh
    (902) 957-0822 (Cell)

    CUPE Acute Care Co-ordinator
    Wayne Thomas
    (902) 759-1057 (Cell)

    CUPE Atlantic Communications Rep
    John McCracken
    (902) 880-8057 (Cell)

    Atlantic Regional Director
    Jacquie Bramwell
    (902) 240-7928 (Cell)