Glavine to meet with Cumberland officials on Feb. 26

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Health minister on six-week tour of DHAs

Health Minister Leo Glavine will be in Amherst Feb. 26 as part of tour of the province's health authorities.

Health Minister Leo Glavine will be in Amherst Feb. 26 as part of tour of the province's health authorities.

AMHERST – Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine will be in Amherst on Feb. 26 on his tour of Nova Scotia’s district health authorities.

During the six-week tour, the minister will meet with board members, senior leadership teams and community health board chairs in the nine districts and the IWK Health Centre, to hear views on how to improve health care for Nova Scotians.

He will also share his vision on how to improve the health care system to put patient care first.

"In the coming year, the province will be moving toward a more streamlined health-care system, focused on provincewide solutions for Nova Scotians," said Glavine. "These changes need to be done in close collaboration with our partners in the districts. They have the first-hand experience and direct knowledge that will be key in making this transition as smooth and effective as possible."

One of the province's priorities is to shift from nine district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre to two authorities by 2015-16.

The two authorities will be a board for the IWK, and a provincial board, with four regional management zones.

The minister will talk to frontline staff and managers, patient advocates, volunteers, physicians, local labour, and community leaders during the tour, to hear how the system can work better for patients.

"We need to break down the administrative walls of health care, to provide consistent, quality care to Nova Scotians," said Glavine. "Fewer health authorities allow us to provide more equal access to specialized services and a more responsive and sustainable system for patients."

Glavine also stressed the importance of the local perspective and site management for these changes to be successful.

"A new, streamlined health system will still need strong, community-based leadership and decision-making," he said. "Foundations and auxiliaries will continue to be vital supports to their local hospitals, services, and communities."

Organizations: IWK Health Centre, Cumberland

Geographic location: AMHERST, DHAs, Nova Scotia

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  • wingman
    January 25, 2014 - 19:37

    He can start by getting rid of the health care boards and hiring more doctors which I believe was a Liberal promise because after all they add nothing to health care but certainly drain enough money out which could be used as I say to hire more doctors.