NSHA executive change

The unofficial news is that Dr. Lynne Harrigan is finished with the NSHA as of September 4th.

Harrigan is vice-president, medicine and integrated health services for the NSHA.

There has been no public announcement of Harrigan’s departure or replacement, nor is there any reference on the NSHA site to suggest she’s going or gone.

If true, this is a major change in management of the NSHA and of interest to ALL Nova Scotians. Has someone been hired to replace her? If so, who? If not, is there a search underway and how long will that take? And is this the start of a larger change at the top for NSHA?

What also concerns me is that often newly retired health executives in Canada become highly paid consultants for the hospitals/authorities they left. They’re paid at “market rates” as if there was some mythical private sector comparison position. The typical consultant rate usually works out to 1.5x their previous pay, for a casual, lesser-stress job.

The argument for retaining retired executives is to capitalize on their experience and knowledge. However, the cynical view is that it stifles innovation and progress by retaining old thinking and ideas.

It’s great for the retired executive/new consultant because it keeps them in the loop so no replacement can come in, solve problems and show them up. And is a good little money-maker. They have a pension @ 80% of previous pay ($326,941 in 2017-18, with an 8% raise in 2018-19 to $356,091), plus 1.5x pay. It’s less work, more money and offers opportunities to pop in on other projects and provinces as well as earning speaker fees at conferences held in exotic locations.

For the number two person in the provincial health authority to leave her position with no prior public announcement looks suspicious and further illustrates the bunker-like mentality of Janet Knox. Knox has a history of parcelling out snippets of information as if it were her property. She is and has always been oblivious to the fact that she is a public servant, who owes her position and wealth to the people of Nova Scotia.

If the news of Harrigan’s departure is true, should we also expect to soon learn of Knox’s imminent retirement?

Confirmed: Janet Knox has confirmed that Dr. Harrigan has quit the NSHA. The Chronicle Herald writes, “Knox didn’t provide a reason for Harrigan’s departure. In an email response to The Chronicle Herald, Harrigan said that she would not be speaking to the media.”

That’s the typical arrogance we can expect from these executives. Someone takes $5 million + in public money and feels they are above speaking to the employer. With that attitude it is time for Knox to also head for the door.

Private conversations have described this as “…leaving a sinking ship.”

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3 Responses to NSHA executive change

  1. buddyboy546 says:

    This is an excellent heads – up. I totally agree with your comments and concerns. It is typical that the public are the last to learn any of this given that meetings are secret and no minutes are published. What are they hiding (everything)?

  2. buddyboy546 says:

    In the newspaper this morning Harrigan quit. No reason has been given by anyone. The big question remains why she quit.

    • Yes. Interesting. This was too sudden to be part of any retirement planning – she is on the cusp of retirement age. So, was it something personal or was it exasperation with what an unwieldily mess the NSHA has become?

      We have paid her millions of dollars ($1,595,013 in the last six years) and deserve to know the ‘why’ of her resignation.

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