NDP will further reduce administration, redirect funding into front line care

September 16, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) NDP candidate and Health Minister Dave Wilson announced the NDP will redirect more funding into front line care by continuing to reduce administration spending, by setting a new target to reduce administration to 4%.

“Under the NDP health care administration costs have been reduced by 23% which allowed $14 million to be put back into patient care. The NDP will deliver better heath care where and when families need it,” said Wilson.

Stephen McNeil’s health care platform is eerily similar to the old failed Liberal health reform that took health care decisions out of the hands of local communities, closed 1600 hospital beds, and forced 1000 nurses to the profession.

“Nova Scotians remember the Liberal health reforms of the 1990s which took health care decisions out of local communities and caused years of health care chaos that resulted in Liberal cuts, closures and jobs losses,” said Wilson.

In the 1997 throne speech the Liberal government admitted their health reform caused grave concerns saying, “We recognize the anxiety that has been caused by health care restructuring…To ensure Nova Scotias are receiving the best services, my government will be appointing a panel of health care professionals and community leaders to evaluate the current direction for health care and ensure the services and programs are secure across Nova Scotia.”

“The Liberal then tried to bail themselves out by proposing they borrow $600 million and hide it away from the province’s books,” said Wilson.

The Canadian Bond Rating Service told Nova Scotains that the $600 million Liberal scheme would result in revised credit rating from stable to negative.

The Liberal platform says it will reduce health care spending by $13 million and throw patient care into chaos.  Under the NDP spending on health care administration has already been reduced by 23% for a savings of $14 million and was done while opening Collaborative Emergency Center’s that are helping keep ERs open.

“Stephen McNeil’s health reform would stop the progress made so far and return Nova Scotia to the failed Liberal polices of the past. Going back to Liberal chaos, cuts, closures and job losses is a risk not worth taking.”

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 day is Tuesday, October 8.

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