Pictou County resident should not have to drive to Yarmouth for mental health care

August 20, 2015

NDP Health critic Dave Wilson says it’s wrong that Bobby Brooks, who lives in Pictou County, is being asked to travel to Yarmouth to receive care and support for a mental illness. He says the McNeil government’s decision to freeze the health care budget has led to mental health cuts that are placing patient care at risk.

“To ask an individual who is suicidal and in crisis to drive more than four hours to get the care he needs is inexcusable,” says Wilson. “By allowing the mental health care unit at the Aberdeen hospital to close the McNeil government has put patient care in the entire region at risk. It’s unfortunate the Liberal government has chosen not to make mental health care a priority by targeting the system with cuts.”

Wilson adds, “The NDP has called on the government to restore all funding that has been cut in the mental health care system immediately and to provide an update on the province’s mental health and addictions strategy. That being said, something needs to be done to help Mr. Brooks and his family immediately. This can’t continue.”