New Brunswick proposes an element of hospital democracy

The New Brunswick government has proposed in April to make amendments to existing legislation so that half the board members for the province's hospital authorities will be elected by the general population by 2012.  The province may be trying to head off a constitutional challenge from french language groups.

We could do with a little bit of hospital democracy in Ontario.  Ontario hospitals were born out of local communities, but the Ontario Liberal govenrment has consistently moved to undermine local community control of hospitals and local hospital opposition to the cutbacks.

And don't get me started on the emerging role of hospital CEOs as government flak catchers...


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