Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

March 20, 2015 13:59 ET

CUPE Nova Scotia says centralized health care not good for patients

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - March 20, 2015) - CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says news out of Alberta that they're ditching their centralized health board after seven years of problems, should be of great concern to Nova Scotians.

Cavanagh says, "Our provincial government really needs to stand back and look at the direction they are heading in.

"Alberta's premier has just announced they are abandoning their so-called Superboard, saying it was not responsive to the needs of patients - especially in rural Alberta.

"This is exactly what CUPE said in 2013 when the Liberals and the PC's campaigned on the centralized model," says Cavanagh.

Cavanagh says, "We've known for years now that the changes in Alberta didn't save any money, in fact it cost more. Now their own premier is admitting it didn't improve patient outcomes.

"We really don't want to have to say 'we told you so' in a couple of years from now. I am urging Premier McNeil to use the same sober second thought he used to create the Councils of Unions to reassess where we are going with this entire restructuring," he says.

Contact Information

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

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