Frontline care neglected as Liberals focused on central bureaucracy

April 26, 2017

For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson says Stephen McNeil’s focus on creating a centralized health bureaucracy has failed patients, their families and the people who deliver front line health care.

“In the last election Stephen McNeil told Nova Scotians that a centralized health authority would be the solution to everyone’s health care needs,” said Wilson.  “Three years later, ER closures are up, wait times for surgery are up, the number people without a family doctor are up and Stephen McNeil refuses to take any responsibility for being distracted building a health bureaucracy he created and no one asked for.”

Yesterday, Minister of Health Leo Glavine admitted he was unaware of and could not answer any questions related to a patient dying in the hallway of the Halifax Infirmary.

“This government is out of touch with the real problems people are facing when they try to get access to the health care they need,” said Wilson.  “How can the government be accountable to people if they don’t know what’s going in our hospitals? Why doesn’t the Health Minister know what’s going on?”

Stephen McNeil’s obsession with creating a health bureaucracy has meant primary care, emergency rooms, wait times, and other health services have been neglected.

Today, Doctors Nova Scotia appeared before the Public Account Committee. Representatives told the committee that the Liberals have no plan to recruit new doctors and have not made good on a commitment to train an additional 25 doctors per year at the Dalhousie medical school. The province’s own Physician Resources Plan estimates that we need 100 new doctors each year for 10 years to address the shortage. There are currently 118 vacant doctor positions in the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

“Even our doctors are saying their concerns are being ignored by this government. We have a doctor shortage and there is no plan from the Liberal government, and the commitment to train more doctors turns out to be just another broken Liberal promise,” said Wilson. “The arrogance of Stephen McNeil and this Liberal government is an insult to Nova Scotians. An NDP government will listen to health care workers, doctors, and communities. Together, we can improve patient care for everyone.”


For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-830-8748 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.