Calls grow for elected officials on board

Calls are growing for increased transparency within the Interior Health Authority.

Delegates to the Southern Interior Local Government Association convention have endorsed a resolution from the Regional District of North Okanagan that elected officials be named to the IHA board.

“Everyone was totally on side,” said director Mike Macnabb, author of the motion.

“I thought it was just my own discomfort with IHA but the ripples are there.”

Presently, IHA board members are appointed by the Ministry of Health.

However, Macnabb says there is a need for expanded accountability and for residents to understand how health dollars are being spent, and he believes elected civic leaders can do that.

The next step will see SILGA send the resolution to the Union of B.C. Municipalities for consideration at its September conference.

If UBCM backs the concept of elected officials on the IHA board, the provincial government would then be lobbied to make changes.

Macnabb expects pressure for change to increase over the next few months.

“There are nine regional districts involved in IHA so we will get our resolution sent to the Kootenays. We want to make sure they are aware of what we are doing and get more support,” he said.


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