NDP Leader Darrell Dexter is taking a swipe at Liberal and Progressive Conservative pledges to trim the number of health authorities in the province.
The Liberals are pledging to save $13 million annually by cutting the number of health authorities from 10 to two. Meanwhile the PCs say, if elected, they’ll merge the boards into just three authorities: one for the Halifax area, one for the rest of Nova Scotia and a final authority for the IWK Health Centre.
But Dexter said creating what he calls a ‘super bureaucracy’ will throw health care into chaos.
“[It] will cost millions in severance packages and will put important programs like kids insulin pumps at-risk,” he said in a release.
Dexter said the NDP has already made cuts to maximize the efficiency of health-care administration. The release said the party has reduced spending by 23 per cent — which has translated into $14 million in savings.
NDP Candidate Dave Wilson also addressed health care Monday, saying the party will try to reduce administration to just four per cent of the health budget.