04/09/2014 11:44 EDT | Updated 06/09/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia Health Department says no details yet on merger of health boards

HALIFAX - A senior official in Nova Scotia's health department says the government doesn't have an estimate yet on how much it would cost to merge district health authorities.

Acting deputy minister Francis Martin says the goal is to have the nine health boards merged into one board by April 1, 2015.

Martin told a legislature committee the government is conducting ongoing consultations with the boards and hasn't completed the preliminary work yet.

Martin also says the Health Department hasn't calculated the cost of severance to cut the jobs of CEOs and vice-presidents across the boards.

The Liberals promised the merger in last year's election campaign, which would see the IWK children's hospital in Halifax maintain its own board.