‘Shared services’ plan concerns Nova Scotia unions

Province’s plan to reduce spending worries unions about future quality of care
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/08/2011

Unions in Nova Scotia are concerned about the province’s plan to reduce health care costs by sharing some administrative and support services.

The initiative is one of four projects launched by the provincial health ministry aimed at finding efficiencies. It would see nine district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax share a range of administrative, support and clinical services, according to Pat Lee, CEO of Pictou County Health Authority and the CEO executive sponsor for the initiative.

“We’re motivated by the need to operate within our means,” he says, adding that the Nova Scotia government has set a larger goal of getting its finances “back to balance” across the board.