McNeil government needs to start treating nurses with respect

May 12, 2015

If the McNeil government wants to attract more nurses to Nova Scotia it should start treating them with respect says NDP Health critic Dave Wilson. He made the comments following the release of the updated nursing strategy earlier today.

“The McNeil government spent much of the past year and a half picking fights with nurses and attacking their collective rights with Bill 37 and Bill 1,” says Wilson. “As a result the number of experienced nurses retiring doubled and travel nurses from outside Nova Scotia had to be brought in to staff ICU beds at the QEII.”

He added, “If Stephen McNeil is serious about strengthening the nursing profession in our province, perhaps he should stop complaining about how much they earn. Nurses work hard, they sacrifice a great deal for their patients and they deserve to receive a fair wage.”

Wilson says while the strategy contains some good things, it doesn’t do enough to address the current shortage.

“The minister today wasn’t able to provide specifics about how many vacancies exist in the system right now, so it comes as no surprise he really doesn’t have any solutions to fill them,” said Wilson.