NDP will invest in Collaborative Emergency Centre for Lunenburg

April 7, 2017

For Immediate Release

LUNENBURG – NDP Leader Gary Burrill announced this morning that an NDP government will immediately open a Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg. Burrill made the announcement along with MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse (Chester-St Margaret’s) and NDP candidates Marc Breaugh (Lunenburg) and Lisa Norman (Lunenburg West).

“A Collaborative Emergency Centre was first proposed for Lunenburg in 2012, under the previous NDP government. Despite promising to open a CEC in Lunenburg, the Liberals have spent almost four years on entirely different priorities, instead of delivering the health care people need,” said Burrill. “We can deliver emergency care, when people need it, and close to home, and an NDP government would make sure the people in Lunenburg have a CEC within the first 18 months of our mandate.”

The NDP plan will invest $1.1 million to make infrastructure upgrades and increase the staffing complement at the hospital to put an end to unscheduled ER closures and provide timely access to emergency care. Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital ER was closed for 187 unscheduled hours and 3,294 scheduled hours in 2015/2016.

“As an employee here at Fishermen’s and a former resident of the town, I think this is wonderful news for the hospital and for Lunenburg. Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital has been a vital part of this town and surrounding area since it was built. The development of a Collaborative Emergency Centre will ensure the citizens will continue to have access to the health care they need and deserve,” said Anne Burgess, a Licensed Practical Nurse at the hospital.

“The people of Lunenburg deserve the same access to emergency care as people get in Halifax,” said Breaugh. “For four years, our community has been misled by Suzanne Lohnes-Croft and the Liberals about the future of Fishermen’s Memorial. We need a government that will deliver on health care, and the NDP is the only party committed to investing in people and their health.”

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For more information please contact Mike Poworozynk at (902) 225-7777 or provsec@nsndp.ca.