Yarmouth and Liverpool hospital floods = Broken Liberal health care promises

December 20, 2016

For Immediate Release

LIVERPOOL – Sterling Belliveau, NDP MLA for Queens-Shelburne, is raising concerns about the frozen pipes at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital and the Queens General Hospital. Appointments are being postponed due to flooding at the hospitals, producing longer wait times for patients. Belliveau is worried that three years of underspending on hospital infrastructure by the McNeil government is putting patients’ safety at risk. Over the past three years the Liberal government has underspent the hospital infrastructure budget by 50%.

“Stephen McNeil promised to invest $146 million on hospital repairs and maintenance over the past three years, but only $72.6 million of the amount budgeted was actually spent,” said Belliveau. “The Liberals are balancing the budget by allowing pipes to freeze and hospitals to flood.”

The Liberals have broken promise after promise on health care for the people in the Sou’West and South Shore regions.  In addition to failing to invest promised funds in hospital repairs, the Liberals promised to open a Collaborative Emergency Centre in Lunenburg, and to build a new facility for Shoreham Village Nursing Home in Chester – neither of these promises have been kept.

The Liberals also promised a doctor for every Nova Scotian but today an estimated 100,000 Nova Scotians do not have a family doctor, and emergency room closures at Roseway Hospital in Shelburne continue to occur on a regular basis.

“The people of Queens-Shelburne are tired of broken promises from the Liberals,” said Belliveau.  “Why is the Premier so focused on his own agenda instead of the health of people in Sou’West and South Shore Nova Scotia?”

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