Nurses Beware, McNeil Ad Signals He’s Gearing Up for a Fight

September 23, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) NDP candidate and Health Minister Dave Wilson said Monday that Stephen McNeil’s newspaper advertisement attacking nurses show the Liberal leader is already starting to pick fights with nurses just like the last Liberal government.
Wilson says McNeil’s approach mirrors Conservative leader Jamie Baillie’s which would take bargaining rights away from nurses and health care workers driving them out of the province. 
“Nova Scotia nurses should beware; Stephen McNeil and the Liberals are spoiling for another fight,” said Wilson.
“This kind of tactic shows yet again the risk that the McNeil Liberals pose to health care for Nova Scotia families. Rather than meet with nurses and try to explain his plan for a super bureaucracy, he chose to launch an untruthful attack ad against them. This is exactly the sort of knee-jerk, bad tempered response that led the last Liberal government to pick fights with nurses and health care workers. Eventually that government drove 1,000 nurses out of the profession increasing workloads and lengthening wait times.”
McNeil’s attack was in response to information sent to nurses across the province by the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union which said McNeil’s plan for a super bureaucracy would damage health care. “Centralization of services (superboards) has not been successful in other provinces but has led to major cost increases and significant workplace issues,” the nurses’ union told its members.
Wilson says McNeil’s advertisement amounts to an attack on nurses, which is echoing concerns from experts and health care professionals that centralizing health care administration will create chaos and confusion for Nova Scotia families and health care professionals.
“A man who wants to be the Premier of this province shouldn’t be picking a public fight with nurses or playing divisive politics with our system. A Premier should be reaching out to seek common ground and to find a solution. Our nurses deserve to be respected, not attacked.” said Wilson.
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