Health authority balances budget while ER closures continue

September 14, 2016

For immediate release.

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Health Authority announced today that they have balanced their budget, but the NDP continues to raise concerns about emergency room closures, and the failure of the McNeil government to open any collaborative emergency centres in the province.

In the last 7 days, there have been temporary emergency room closures in Parrsboro, New Waterford, Glace Bay, North Sydney, and Springhill.

“It is completely inappropriate to celebrate a balanced budget while people across the province continue to go without adequate emergency care,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill.

In 2014-15, emergency departments were closed 21,936 hours, including 6,164 unscheduled, temporary closures. Numbers for 2015-16 have yet to be released.

While in government, the NDP introduced collaborative emergency centres to improve access to emergency care across the province. The McNeil government has not opened any new collaborative emergency centres since taking power.

“Stephen McNeil and his government are so blinded by their focus on cuts and closures that they refuse to look at making concrete improvements to our health care system, including opening new collaborative emergency centres,” said Burrill. “CECs are a proven way to deliver high quality and consistent health care to rural communities.”


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