McNeil is wrong on health and will hurt patient care

October 5, 2013

(Amherst, N.S) Today Premier Darrell Dexter said all facts show that the McNeil super bureaucracy is bad for patient care and Nova Scotians will end up paying more in administration costs, not less.

 “Mr. McNeil is trying to sell a scheme with a faulty premise, a centralized super bureaucracy saves money. The fact is they don’t. He has not been able to answer that question or cite a specific example of where a super bureaucracy has worked. In both Alberta and New Brunswick administrative costs went up and the level of patient care went down,” said Dexter.

 McNeil wants to take health care back to the 1990’s. That kind of health care means 1,600 closed hospital beds, 1,000 nurses forced out of nursing, and a freeze on long-term care beds.

 “More troubling than the costs associated with a centralized super bureaucracy is the fact that it’s bad for patient care. It means there will be less focus on seniors, children and families and instead time will be spent on administrative paper work.”

 Dr. Brian Ferguson, a physician with 25 years of experience caring for families in Cumberland County is also concerned about patient care under a super bureaucracy.

 Dr. Ferguson said, “The John Savage days of the 1990s were some of the darkest when it came to health care in Cumberland County. We just can’t go back to those days.”

 “As a physician, it concerns me to see the reports coming out of Alberta on the impact their restructuring has had on patients and the physicians who advocate for them. We should avoid these needless restructuring moves–they just cause chaos.”

 Dexter met with Dr. Ferguson to listen to his concerns for patient care under both the Stephen McNeil and Jamie Baillie super bureaucracy.

“For the first time in my life I’m not voting Liberal or Conservative. I’m voting NDP to protect health care in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Ferguson.

“The choice for Nova Scotians is clear: go back to the failed Liberal health policies of the past that resulted in cuts, closures and job losses or move forward with the NDP’s practical solutions like CEC’s to keep ERs open, nurse managed clincs and a focus on patient care,” said the NDP leader.

“Stephen McNeil is wrong on jobs and wrong on health care.”

The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.

 Election say is Tuesday, October 8.