On Tuesday, June 25, Dr. Serge Melanson, President of the NB Medical Society, re-iterated the call for an all-party approach to health care reform as had earlier been referenced by the Leader of the Green Party, David Coon. And in that call lies the wisdom that is required to effect meaningful change and modernization in the NB Health System. This system is too important, too sacred, and too complicated for the instability caused by a succession of one term governments as we have had now for over 20 years.
The approach to true reform of primary care, for instance, cannot be relegated to debate in the legislature in which politicians, for purely partisan reasons, seek to undermine otherwise perfectly good ideas. It is a complex piece of business that requires serious reflection and re-alignment of positions and interests. Some of these are simply entrenched in tradition; some are rooted in legitimate professional practice concerns.
Review of evidence, best practices, and negotiation of new relationships is not best done in the glare of cameras or in an environment heated by an up-coming election. On the contrary, the process of reform requires that people of good will come together in an atmosphere of trust and true collegiality to share and negotiate visions. Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.