In a recent CBC podcast, former Health Minister Michael Murphy and I discussed some of the obstacles to achieving true modernization and reform of the New Brunswick Health and Long Term Care System. Many politicians have had good ideas but execution has often been a challenge.
During Mr. Murphy’s time in office, the creation of the Horizon and Vitalite health networks was accomplished by merging 8 region boards and while an affront to existing boards, the change did not matter to the electorate since there was little public affection for regional hospital boards. The tough political sledding had been done in 1992-5. It was seen by the public as reducing bureaucracy!
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Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.