Speak up for healthcare

Speak up for healthcare

From September 20 to 23, Premier Tim Houston, Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson and the new health system leadership team will tour the province to meet directly with frontline healthcare workers.

Speak up for HealthcareHealthcare continues to be Nova Scotians’ most pressing concern, amplified even more by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Nova Scotians need better access to care and frontline workers need more support.

It is time for bold and transformational change.

Those providing care have unique and valuable perspectives on the issues in our healthcare system. Government wants to hear what they have to say and work with them on solutions.

Government is focused on Nova Scotians getting the right care, at the right time, in the right place. Moving forward, our government will work to implement our plan to heal our healthcare system, with input from those working within it.


Two teams, led by Premier Houston and Minister Thompson, and including the health leadership team members, will tour the province to hear directly from frontline healthcare workers. They will meet with doctors, nurses, paramedics and other providers working in the province’s acute care system.

The tour is focused on frontline healthcare workers, but government also wants to hear from other healthcare groups like professional associations, unions and regulatory colleges. These organizations have valuable insights into healthcare and can offer creative solutions for improvement. Meetings will be arranged with these organizations outside of the tour; alternatively, they can contribute their thoughts and feedback.

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The team

The mandate of the new health leadership team is to listen, learn and take quick action to improve our healthcare system. This team will be empowered to make decisions that will have an immediate impact. They are:

  • Jeannine Lagassé, Deputy Minister, Health and Wellness
  • Dr. Kevin Orrell, CEO, Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment
  • Karen Oldfield, Interim CEO, Nova Scotia Health
  • Janet Davidson, Board Administrator, Nova Scotia Health


Sept 20: Eastern Zone

Sept 21: Northern Zone

Sept 22: Western Zone

Sept 23: Central Zone

There will be multiple opportunities to provide feedback, including one-on-one meetings and roundtable discussions. Written feedback will be accepted.

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