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.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Valdy, Fjellgaard: The poster boys for touring return to the Okanagan
Steve Bell rings in 25-year career with albums/tour
VIDEO: Witnesses describe scene at Parliament Hill; Raw footage of Ottawa shootings
Soldier killed in Parliament Hill siege
Rockets return favour, down Americans
West Kootenay Roller Derby League season opens
Biomass identified as best option for Nelson energy system
COTR board announces appointments
Tim Hortons donates to Friends for Friends charity

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.