Implementing changes to our medical system is never an easy thing! For many, Health care is the "sacred cow" that should not be tinkered with by Politicians. But, when you make administrative changes that are more effective, transparent and create true accountability to tax payers then recognition must be given for making those efforts.
Today my colleague, Mike Murphy, Minister of Health, announced the reduction of Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) from 8 to 2. By reducing the regional health authorities to 2, our Province should be in a position to improve the clinical needs of its citizens and establish shorter wait times within each region. Regional Health Authority A will be located in Bathurst, while RHA B will be housed in Miramichi.
As Murphy points out, 8 RHAs created unhealthy competition and fierce battles between regions over resources. Furthermore, each RHAs duplicitous model of "eight of everything" was a tremendous burden on the tax payer. Eight human resource departments, eight informational technology groups etc., is not responsible government in the RHA model and by reducing the number to two we should realize savings which currently costs New Brunswickers $250 million per year. Heading toward an over $50 million dollar deficit for the year is hardly an effective approach to directing more of our health budget into patient care, which is exactly what New Brunswicker's want and why Murphy's decision which takes effect immediately is the right move.
More to come. I look forward to hearing from you,