Liberal failure to open more CECs negatively impacting rural health care

December 10, 2014

NDP Health critic Dave Wilson says patient care in rural communities has suffered because the Liberals have failed to open more Collaborative Emergency Centres (CEC).

He made the comments after Mary Jane Hampton released her province-wide review of CECs earlier today.

“Just look at what’s happening at hospitals like Northside Westmount in Cape Breton, and at Roseway and Fishermen’s Memorial along the South shore,” said Wilson. “Ongoing emergency room closures at these facilities could have been prevented had Minister Glavine opened more CECs. But improving primary care isn’t this Minister’s priority.”

Wilson is calling on the Liberal government to double the number of CECs in Nova Scotia over the next three years.

“CECs are cost neutral, so Minister Glavine really has no excuse for not opening a single one,” said Wilson. “Perhaps if Minister Glavine was more focused on providing better care instead of picking fights with health care workers, the province would be in a better place today.”

Wilson says it is up to communities to determine what CEC model works best for them. However, he says the government needs to be committed to providing 24/7 service where the need exists.

“People need to know there is a place they can go for help in an emergency,” said Wilson.