Last week I asked if our health care system is dysfunctional because of a lack of funding or because of the questionable choices made by health care administrators. I believe it’s not a lack of money, but how those in charge choose to spend it.
Here is another example of bad choices:
Why cut nurses when the provincial system spends a billion dollars a year just on hospital managers!?!
This article neglects to mention that McGill University Health Centre’s former head was arrested on fraud and abuse of trust charges. It doesn’t mention that the hospital administrators lost $61 million in land speculation, that these administrators ignored consultants’ recommendations on how to cut $40 million a year in operating costs or that the cost of a new hospital has ballooned to over $2.3 billion from a budgeted $1.3 billion.
If this is how one province operates, how do we know that the other provinces, including ours, don’t function in a similar fashion? Nova Scotia certainly has a history of going over-budget on hospital construction. Our most recent example is the Truro hospital which was two years behind schedule and 78% over budget, and as a result are cutting back on staff hours and discouraging certain treatments.
When are politicians going to demand responsibility and results from those in charge of the system and the billions they spend?