Burrill calls for investigation into patient’s suffering and death at Halifax hospital
April 25, 2017
For Immediate Release
HALIFAX – NDP Leader Gary Burrill is calling for an investigation into overcrowding at hospitals in Halifax after a news exposé highlighted the suffering and death of a patient who was receiving care at the Halifax Infirmary.
“The situation at the Halifax Infirmary demands an investigation,” said Burrill. “We have been hearing many stories in the past few months about overcrowding at the hospital and patients being treated in hallways. The government needs to call an investigation.”
Recently, the NSGEU, representing nurses and other health care workers, released a study on the use of Code Census at the Halifax Infirmary. Code Census is called when there are too many patients in the Emergency Room, and results in patients being moved into other parts of the hospital, including the hallways. Instead of addressing the concerns of workers at the hospital, the government has ignored the recommendations. Code Census is called almost every other day in the Halifax Infirmary.
“Workers at the Halifax Infirmary have been crying out for help from government,” said Burrill. “But Stephen McNeil isn’t listening. The Liberals ought to call an investigation into overcrowding at hospitals in the Halifax region.”
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