Problems continue with Public Compensation Disclosure reporting

The current Public Sector Compensation Disclosure reports have been published:

http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/pscd2017/NSHA-PSCD-2017.pdf

When the NDP originally introduced Public Sector Compensation Disclosure the act stipulated that employees earning more than $100,000 a year be identified by name, job title and salary. The idea was that the public, who are the final employer, should have an opportunity to determine value for money.

In the first round of compensation reporting some – not all organizations – met the requirements of the Act. Sometime since the Act’s implementation the wording of the Act, or at least the wording one can find on-line, has been changed or altered so that only names and incomes are required to be reported.

This raises the question: who changed the wording and was it formally approved by the Legislature? And if it was changed by the Legislature on what grounds was this done?

Even with this change, some reporting bodies follow the original spirit of the public disclosure. For example among the universities: Dalhousie University, Mount St. Vincent University, NS College of Art & Design and St. Mary’s University report name, title and compensation. Acadia University, Acadia Divinity College, Atlantic School of Theology, Cape Breton University, St. Francis University, Universite Sainte-Anne and University of Kings College only give name and income.

In health care, reporting is all over the place. The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and IWK Health Centre now only report the names and compensation paid to individuals.

Prior to the merger of the nine health authorities that created the NSHA, some followed the legislated reporting rules, others didn’t. In 2013 and 2014 Capital Health didn’t identify staff by title, and only reported names and compensation. Then in 2015 they did provide titles.

In all the years they reported, the Cape Breton Health Authority, Annapolis Valley District Health, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority and South West Nova District Health Authority all reported names, titles and compensation.

Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Cumberland Health Authority, IWK Health Centre and Pictou County Health Authority never met the reporting requirements.

The South Shore District Health Authority initially failed to report job titles, but did add them.

So why are organizations allowed to cherry-pick what part of the legislation they will adhere to? Where is the oversight by the Department of Health and Wellness?

I also question the accuracy of these reports. I don’t see doctors listed. If they’re not included, who else is being excluded?

When you compare the 2015 Capital Health report with the current NSHA list there are discrepancies. Four doctors who worked for Capital Health in 2015 are still on the list, albeit without title/occupation listed. Most have seen a 30 percent pay raise. However, seven physicians and one resident shown in 2015 are no longer found on the list of NSHA employees. Have they left the province? Is their departure an example of the physician shortage in the province that twice as many doctors leave the employ of the NSHA as stay?

By including job titles, the public sees what work is done on their behalf and, maybe using their own knowledge and experience, identify problem areas. This type of reporting can also let organizations self-identify if their bureaucracy has gotten out of hand, if they have higher administrative costs than is standard and acceptable, if progress is being made in efficiency, and see where staff are overworked because of shortages of specialists.

To omit the job titles cheats the public and employee. Just posting names and incomes reduces the public compensation disclosure to a type of prurient exercise rather than grasping the larger picture about how the people’s business is conducted.

The government should require all qualifying organizations to meet these original requirements.

Since the NSHA and IWK have decided to flaunt the spirit of the Legislation, here are the current compensation figures of the health executives. The NSHA figures in brackets are last year’s compensation:

IWK

Tracy Kitch, President and CEO $296,289

Steve Ashton, VP People and Organization Development $195,131

Gina Connel, Chief of Communications and Public Relations $140,643

Stephen D’Arcy, CFO $197,241

Jen Feron, General Counsel $175,256

Mary Ann Hiltz, VP Quality and System Performance $163,680

Dr. Krista Jangaard, VP Medicine $270,077

Dr. Patrick McGrath, VP Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer $252,640

Jocelyn Vine, VP Patient Care and Chief Nurse Executive $208,984

 

NSHA

Janet Knox, President and CEO $342,043.68 ($339,790.28)

Allan Horsburgh, VP stewartship and accountability and CFO $217,119.44 ($209,292.24)

Lindsay Peach, VP, integrated health services community support and management $212,489.21 ($209,452.10)

Tricia Cochrane, VP integrated health services program primary care and population health $206,626.22 ($203,072.33)

Tim guest, VP, integrated health service program care and chief nursing officer $206,657.85   ($203,279.30)

Paula bond, VP integrated health service program care $232,321.80 ($229,729.88)

Dr. Lynne Harrigan, VP medicine $302,957.57 ($352,478.83)

Colin Stevenson, VP quality system performance and transformation $147,433.87

Carmelle d’Entremont, VP of people and organization development $206,657.86 ($199,179.24)

When you fudge these figures, what other facts are you being loose with?

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