Sunday, November 07, 2004

Renewed Health Care Flap

Debate has once again flared up over our nation's Health Care system following comments by Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh. Mr. Dosanjh spoke today at a convention of federal Liberals from across Manitoba. In a series of questionable comments, the Health Minister indicated his belief that if there are any problems with health care the responsibility would fall on the provinces.

"I can tell you with $41-billion dollars additional, there is now no excuse on the part of the provinces to continue to have shortages of nurses and doctors," Dosanjh said.

Needless to say, the provinces are far from impressed. Manitoba Health Minister Tim Sale has been amongst the most vocal.

"The notion that somehow now the provinces are going to be set up to be blamed for any shortages of doctors or nurses . . is at very best unhelpful," Mr. Sale said in an interview Saturday.

The Provinces and Feds only recently agreed to a new ten year deal which will see the Provinces get an additional $41 Billion in funding. Prime Minister Martin claims the deal will protect our health system for a generation, but doctors all across the country are skeptical.

This pathetic attempt to place the blame on the Provinces instead of considering the possibility that more funding will be needed is a dangerous political move. At his point, it appears that every move made by the Liberals is calculated and measured in regards to its impact on any upcoming election. Mr. Martin's party is certain to become deeply embroiled in the Sponsorship Scandal when former Minister Gagliano testifies before the Gomer Commission. Hopefully, the Liberals will realize that the only way to save their political skin is to govern according to the best interests of the nation and not according to the polls.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Liberals are a stupid joke. This deal was useless.

12:05 AM  
Blogger Caurus said...

That deal was better than anything offered by the Chretien gov't. While it may not have permanently solved the problems, it was a great first step.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

Sure it was a first step, but we could have done a lot better than we did.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Marina974 said...

I can tell you my father's a doctor involved in administration for the interior of BC and he thinks this 41B is a godsend. Don't knock it if you don't know anything about it.

11:07 PM  

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