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Green Health Critic Tables Motion Calling for Return to Local-Decision Making in Healthcare

by Josh O'Donnell
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FREDERICTON – Today in the Legislative Assembly, Green Party Health Critic and MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar Megan Mitton tabled a motion calling for the reinstatement of locally elected board members for Horizon and Vitalité.

“Consecutive Liberal and Conservative governments have implemented policies to centralize the management of our healthcare system,” stated Mitton. “The decentralization of our healthcare system will result in better decisions that reflect local realities, allowing for more responsive and effective healthcare services.”

“Local decision making can improve healthcare services,” she continued. “It can increase community engagement and lead to more innovative solutions to address healthcare issues at the grassroots level.” 

Mitton’s motion also calls on the government to “re-establish the essential role of hospital administrations to manage their local hospitals, in collaboration with the medical and non-medical staff who work there.”

A recent survey by the Angus Reid Institute, in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association, indicates that 82% of New Brunswickers are either “moderately” or “very dissatisfied” with the province’s management of healthcare, which was the highest dissatisfaction rate towards provincial healthcare in Canada.