KELOWNA (December 4, 2020) – BC Liberal Health Critic, Renee Merrifield, has released the following statement in response to today’s report on accusations of misspending at the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA):
“Today’s response by the NDP in regards to accusations of misspending at the Provincial Health Services Authority raises more questions than answers.
“Although Minister Dix has accepted a series of recommendations, B.C. taxpayers still don’t have answers if the allegations of wasteful spending are indeed true.
“There needs to be complete transparency and Minister Dix needs to be honest with British Columbians about what exactly has happened at the PHSA — we are talking about millions of dollars and as of now, there are still no answers.
“Instead, the minister has effectively removed control from the board and executive for spending while they continue to get paid significant salaries.
“Also unclear is whether the minister has made clear to all health authorities that such reckless spending is unacceptable. If itis happening here, then taxpayers deserve to know where else misspending is taking place.”