MacDonald to McNeil: It’s time to start improving front-line health care

September 26, 2014

NDP leader Maureen MacDonald says Nova Scotians will continue to be on the losing end of Stephen McNeil’s battle with health care workers next week when the government introduces legislation regarding the amalgamation of district health authorities.

“The government could be busy finding ways to improve front-line health care but instead they are looking to target the democratic right of health care workers to choose who speaks for them,” said MacDonald.

“Not only is the government preoccupied with who is sitting at the board room table – now they are also preoccupied with who is sitting at the negotiating table. It’s time to get on with addressing the real health care issues facing Nova Scotians like emergency room wait times and access to family doctors.”

MacDonald attended a joint press conference organized by CUPE, the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union, Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union and Unifor Friday morning outside the Nova Scotia Legislature regarding the government’s decision to reject proposed bargaining associations and dictate union representation.

“Nova Scotians deserve better health care, they don’t deserve to be caught in the middle of the Premier’s fight with workers,” said MacDonald.

MacDonald says the government bill, to be introduced Monday, coupled with bills 30 and 37 introduced earlier this year will have a serious impact on morale within the health care workforce and will make it even more difficult to keep and attract the health professionals Nova Scotians need.

“We are ready to hold the government to account for the action they are about to take and we will make sure the voices of health care workers are heard inside the legislature,” said MacDonald.

“It’s time for Stephen McNeil to stop causing chaos and start improving front-line health care.”