01/17/2014 10:47 EST | Updated 03/19/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia government approves health board business plans for this fiscal year

HALIFAX - This year's business plans for Nova Scotia's nine district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax have been approved by the provincial government.

The government asked them to target no increase in funding while putting together their business plans.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says they were also expected to minimize any impact on patients.

In all, the health boards and the IWK Health Centre received $1.6 billion this year, meaning no net budget reduction.