Now that I have given you the information and links to my fellow candidates, I feel it important to raise your awareness of the position we are seeking election and to give you a reason to vote for me, Douglas Mullin.
The Department of Health website from the Government of New Brunswick answers F.A.Q about the Regional Health Authority election. I’ll include the most relevant and if you want to view the entire list it can be accessed here: http://www.gnb.ca/0051/0053/rha_election-faq-e.asp
What services do health authorities provide?
New Brunswick has two regional health authorities (RHAs), Vitalité Health Network and Horizon Health Network, which are responsible for managing and delivering health care services in the province.
These services include community health and extra mural services, addictions and mental health services as well as public health services which are provided in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics and at home.
How are health authorities managed?
Health authorities are managed by board members who are responsible for overseeing health care services for the entire province.
Why is government changing legislation to enable board members to be elected?
In an effort to bring more accountability and transparency to the management of health authorities, government has recently amended the Regional Health Authorities Act to enable the election of members to regional health authority boards.
Why is it important to elect board members?
The election of board members will strengthen regional representation, and help our health care system to be more integrated, efficient, and run for the benefit of all New Brunswickers.
The election of board members provides an opportunity for local communities to have input into health care management and puts the onus on communities to take an active interest in ensuring that their representatives are active, informed and qualified to undertake their duties as board members.
New Brunswickers are strongly encouraged to participate in this process as candidates and voters.
How will each board be made up?
Each board is comprised of 15 voting members, eight of whom are elected and seven of whom are appointed by the Minister of Health.
What are the responsibilities of board members?
Board members will be responsible to operate the health system not simply in the best interest of their local area but as an integrated and efficient system which benefits all New Brunswickers.
The RHA boards will meet a minimum of four times per year, and possibly more often, as necessary.
How will board members be compensated?
Currently, the per diem for RHA board members is set at $500 plus travel expenses.
I think each of my fellow candidates would make excellent board members, based on the limited information I have on their qualifications. Jim Wolstenholme and Linda Ferrier both have health care experience, in administration and nursing respectively. L. Paul Elliott is one of the current board members and local lawyer. Kent Fox is a local businessman and entrepreneur. Warren Maddox has non-profit board member experience. Jo-Ann Fellows has experienced with senior’s issue and writes on public policy. The rest I do not know enough of their qualifications to say more.
If I am elected to the position of Board Member of Horizon Health Network, these are people I would love to consult and learn from, to carry their ideas forward, represent them on the board. At the same time, I want to consult and learn from the young single mom, who works crazy hours just to cover childcare and misses work when there children are sick. I want to consult and learn from the people who access our ERs, experiencing long wait times to see a doctor.
I want to learn from the nurses and doctors who work in our healthcare facilities on a daily basis. I want to learn from the people who have struggled to maneuver the bureaucracy of getting a loved one into a nursing home. I want to learn from the people who wait 3 years or more on a waiting list to get a family doctor.
I want to represent the average New Brunswicker who is frustrated with the service they have received in our healthcare facilities. I want to listen and learn how to represent all New Brunswickers, so that the Regional Health Authority can provide the best service possible. I would advocate for new and innovative approaches, after taking the time to research the way other jurisdictions have approached the challenges we all face.
I hope that you will trust me with your vote and confidence to be your elected board member. I hope some of my fellow candidates can be appointed as board members to fill the remaining seven positions. This would be done by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, respecting the experience, qualifications of potential board members.
I give you the opportunity to elect a representative who will listen to everyone, and attempt to understand the best perspective of what the people say and request. I will seek to make decisions based on the public good of the entire population of Horizon Health Network. I will lead and build consensus where necessary. I will follow as needed.
Together we can build a better tomorrow. Together we can care for our fellow New Brunswickers. Together we can build the healthcare system we want and need.
Together we can!!!