Failing grade for Liberal record on emergency care

April 5, 2017

For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – NDP Leader Gary Burrill is criticizing the McNeil Liberals’ record on collaborative emergency centres. The Liberal government has not opened a single collaborative emergency centre (CEC). In the last year, emergency rooms in Nova Scotia have been closed 22,505 hours, including 4,953 unscheduled hours.

“In the four years he has been premier, Stephen McNeil has not opened one collaborative emergency centre despite all the evidence supporting this model of health care,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “The people of our province deserve more than a government of zeros. The NDP is committed to investing in health care, including opening more collaborative emergency centres and addressing emergency room closures.”

The NDP opened the first Collaborative Emergency Centre in Parrsboro in 2011.  Between 2011 and 2013, the NDP government opened additional CECs in Parrsboro, Springhill, Tatamagouche, Annapolis Royal, Pugwash, Musquodoboit Harbour, and Middle Musquodoboit, as well as a mobile collaborative emergency team in New Waterford.

Last month, Burrill announced that the NDP would open new collaborative emergency centres in New Waterford, Glace Bay, and North Sydney.

“I’m proud that every one of the collaborative emergency care facilities in the province was opened by an NDP government, but our province should have twice as many CECs now than in 2013,” said NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson. “The Liberal government’s focus on rearranging bureaucrats and centralizing health care administration does nothing for the senior seeking emergency care today and facing a closed emergency room.”

This morning, the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislature met to discuss emergency room closures and collaborative emergency centres.

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For more information please contact Kaley Kennedy at (902) 229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.