04/17/2014 02:29 EDT | Updated 06/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Health board CEO chosen to help Nova Scotia cut number of health authorities

HALIFAX - A senior health administrator has been selected to help the Nova Scotia government reduce the number of health authorities from 10 to two.

Patrick Lee, CEO of the Pictou County Health Authority, has been appointed to lead a transition team and advise the government on its plan to cut the number of health boards.

The government plans to start cutting the health boards on April 1, 2015, a process that would leave Nova Scotia with one health authority for the province and another for the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

The Health Department says Lee's appointment is until Sept. 30 and may be extended.

A separate committee at the Health Department will look at legislation, board governance and accountability.

Bruce Quigley, CEO of the Cumberland Health Authority, will become acting CEO of the Pictou County Health Authority.