Additional investment in collaborative care critical and must include timelines
September 29, 2016
For immediate release.
September 28, 2016
HALIFAX – Today’s announcement that the McNeil government will finally provide some investment in collaborative care raises questions about when the Liberal government will deliver on its commitment to have a doctor for every Nova Scotian. Thirteen nurse practitioners and nine nurses will be hired with the funding, but the McNeil government has not said when they will be in place.
“I doubt that when Nova Scotians entrusted Stephen McNeil with their health they expected to have to wait three years for any action on primary care,” said NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson. “The McNeil government has announced and re-announced plans and ideas, but Nova Scotians deserve to know exactly when they can expect to access a family doctor or clinic in their community.”
While in office, the NDP government doubled the number of nurse practitioners in the province, improving access to health care for thousands of patients.
The NDP government also became a leader in collaborative health models when it opened eight collaborative emergency centres in Nova Scotia. Collaborative emergency centres (CECs), like collaborative health centres, use a team model to deliver health care effectively to people close to home. Since the McNeil government came to office, no new CECs have been opened.
“For the past three years, 90,000 people have been struggling without family doctors and Stephen McNeil and Leo Glavine have been nowhere to be found on improving primary care,” said Wilson. “Now, as we move to an election, the McNeil government is announcing investments that could have been made the minute they took office.”
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