03/13/2013 01:34 EDT | Updated 05/13/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia health minister tells health boards to prepare for funding freeze

HALIFAX - The government of Nova Scotia has told the province's nine health districts and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax to prepare for a funding freeze.

Health Minister David Wilson says it is unsustainable to rapidly increase health care funding.

Wilson says he has asked the health boards to spend their money and resources more efficiently while also ensuring a high level of patient care.

Health care funding represents about 40 per cent of provincial spending, or about $3.8 billion.

The spring budget will be delivered April 4.