Emergency Care at risk with Stephen McNeil

September 25, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) NDP candidate and Health Minister Dave Wilson said a Stephen McNeil government wouldn’t be committed to the collaborative emergency centres that are keeping ERs open for families, or to other ERs serving small communities.

“Families in communities with a CEC have seen a 92% decrease in ER closures1. Other provinces are taking our CEC model and using it as an innovative solution to keep their ERs open. Yet, Stephen McNeil doesn’t see emergency room closures as a problem for families. There is no commitment to emergency care in his platform and he doesn’t understand why keeping emergency rooms open is important,” said Wilson.

During a November 28, 2012 CBC interview McNeil said, “Well the fact is, they need to tell Nova Scotians why they are doing it.”

“The NDP is helping keep ERs open so families can get better emergency care where and when they need it. Is Mr. McNeil so out of touch that he doesn’t think emergency care is important for families?” asked Wilson.

In a September 20 CBC interview McNeil said that there are more important issues and “those are the issues we need to be focused on as opposed to whether the emergency room is there or not.”

“If he doesn’t recognize the important emergency care CECs provide for families then there is no reason to think he won’t close them down.”

Mr. McNeil has refused to say if he will keep CECs open or not.

“Families deserve a straight answer on what Mr. McNeil’s plans are for CECs. Knowing that this is coming from someone who ran as a candidate on a platform of cuts, closures and layoffs in health care.”

“The fact he refuses to answer the question is a clear signal CECs will have their doors closed permanently.”

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.