Liberal Capital Plan puts roads, health infrastructure at risk

December 23, 2013

(Halifax, NS) NDP MLA David Wilson is warning that a decrease in funding to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure in the 2014-2015 Capital Plan will have a negative impact on roads, hospitals, and long term care.

“Cutting millions of dollars from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure after the Liberals already cut the public paving plant and chip seal crew doesn’t spell good news for our roads,” said Wilson.

Wilson says the $13.5 million cut could also impact the fate of seven collaborative emergency centres (CECs) promised to Nova Scotians earlier this year, 2013.

“After reading the Liberal’s Capital Plan I’m concerned the seven promised CECs will not move forward,” said Wilson, who serves as critic for Health.

Wilson asked Minister of Health Leo Glavine on Dec. 11 in the Legislature to commit to rolling out the promised CECs. Glavine refused and indicated the nationally renowned CEC model is currently being reviewed by the Liberal government.

“The Liberals have been very clear they aren’t interested in keeping more emergency rooms open in rural communities by implementing CECs. I’m concerned that in the process of creating a health superboard next year the Liberals will find a way to eliminate the CEC model altogether.”

Wilson says Glavine indicated there will be some news in the not-too-distant future about CECs. He is worried it will be bad news for rural health care.

“I hope the Minister and the Premier will change their mind about the value CECs add to communities in rural Nova Scotia. I would hate to see families in these communities have to return to traveling great distances to receive medical attention.”

Wilson says the $13.5 cut could also impact spending on long term care infrastructure.