The latest health care cuts come from Annapolis Valley Health. I’m told that the clinics in Wolfville and Berwick are having their X-ray facilities reduced by 30 and 40%.
I’m told that prior to yesterday (May 7th) the EKW clinic in Wolfville took X-rays Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Now, they’re only taking them Tuesday and Thursday. That’s a 30% cut in services.
The WKM in Berwick took X-rays daily from Mondays to Friday. Now they will only do this Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That’s a 40% cut in services.
If you look at the days, that’s a five-day service down from eight days, but it looks like the Valley Health authority are saving on a staff position(s). I haven’t found any announced reason has been given to staff for the cuts.
I understand there are to be reductions in the ECG department.
Is it because of fewer X-rays being required or is this due to budget pressure? If it’s due to the budget, shouldn’t we question the business decisions of AVH executives? Earlier they made reductions to food services in the Kentville hospital that would save $100,000 a year. But for all the cuts they’re making, AVH president Janet Knox (who commutes from Halifax at what cost to the health authority) still thinks it’s acceptable to drive food across Kentville to provide a subsidized lunch for 160 workers at the corporate offices.
I understand that everyone at the corporate bunker pays something for their lunch. But they only pay the cost of the food, not market value. I don’t have a problem with providing food at cost in hospital cafeterias. People who are in the hospital under duress have access to this and shouldn’t be further penalized by having to pay restaurant prices. I feel that food-at-cost in the hospital is part of the universal access of our health care system. But why in gawd’s name are we subsidizing a lunch program for well-paid executives and white collar staff? They’re merely at work. They’re not under duress. What other civil servants and public employees get a subsidized lunch? What does this cost the system? Does their subsidized lunch come on the backs of our sick?
Knox says the food staff who work at the corporate bunker work reduced hours. Well, how many hours a day is this perk available? What does it cost? And why is that coming out of a budget that we’re told is so stretched? This is the same authority which traditionally has the highest overheads in Canada.
Annapolis Valley Health cut front-line services to the sick, but not lunch for the executives. It’s outrageous. And how wide-spread is this across the province?