Sunday, December 03, 2006

Even more on the pharmacists

“Society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power.”
- Pierre Elliot Trudeau*
This CBC news story outlines how the Central and Western Health Boards will be matching the bonues paid to phamacists in the Eastern health Board.

That's no reral surprise to you because you already read about that possibility here.

So here's a question that needs to be answered: since government and Treasury Board have already rejected the idea of paying more to pharmacists, are the Health Boards in open revolt against government or are they acting as a stalking horse for what government plans to do in the next budget anyway?

If the former, I expect we'll see a sound slapping down pretty soon. If the latter then we can pretty well confirm that health boards and government are playing shell games for political purposes and that the pharmacist issue will be resolved and paid for only when government is good and ready to.

Either way, it's a mess.
It's not every day I can open a post with an appropos quote from PET but sometimes you just luck out.

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