The Nova Scotia Department of Health has approved the 2004-05health services business plan for the Capital District HealthAuthority. The plan includes a balanced budget of $517 million. “Nova Scotians expect us to provide a sustainable health-caresystem over the long term,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac.”We need to maintain a balanced budget in order to meet thisexpectation.” The Department of Health announced in December 2004 it wouldallow Capital Health to revise its existing business plan. Theplan is now complete and has been approved by cabinet. The department wanted to ensure Capital Health’s outstandingbudget issues were addressed, with the least impact on deliveryof health-care services. These measures prolonged the formalapproval process. Each of the province’s district health authorities and the IWKHealth Centre are currently in the process of submitting proposed2005-06 health services plans to the province. In keeping with standard practice, the district healthauthorities and the IWK will then be informed of their approvedfinal business plans following the release of the 2005-06provincial budget.