Health authority hoping to have business plan approval soon

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AMHERST - The Cumberland Health Authority doesn't believe it will be very long before it receives its approved business plan from the Department of Health.

AMHERST - The Cumberland Health Authority doesn't believe it will be very long before it receives its approved business plan from the Department of Health.

"We don't expect it will be very long before we get final approval," authority spokesperson Ann Keddy said on Monday. "We don't expect any problems."

Last week, Liberal health critic Dave Wilson criticized the department for again being slow with approving the district health authorities' business plans and suggested the delay is contributing to the demise of the province's health-care system.

The district business plans outline the priorities of the province's hospitals and the funding required to meet those goals. The plans include budgets for health-care staff, including doctors, nurses and specialists.

Keddy said discussions had been taking place back and forth between the department and the Cumberland Health Authority on coming to a figure that's agreeable to both.

"We've been told that approval is coming soon and we're confident that will be the case," she said. "It won't affect operations or patient care."

While not able to disclose what's in this region's $50.1-million business plan, Keddy said it for the most part maintains the status quo while supporting the authoritie's key initiatives such as continued physician recruitment and retention and existing programs and services.

To date, only the Pictou and Capital district plans have been approved.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland Health Authority, Department of Health

Geographic location: AMHERST

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