McNeil government picking fights with health workers, again

October 29, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald is dismayed that Stephen McNeil has imposed his views on a current collective agreement being negotiated with medical residents. She says Nova Scotia has struggled attracting new doctors, particularly in rural communities, and the Premier’s comments will only add to the challenge.

Recently, the McNeil government was widely criticized for cutting the psychology residency program at the IWK.

“Instead of keeping his election promise to respect the “hard earned rights of workers,” the McNeil government has once again decided to pick a fight,” says MacDonald. “How will this help him keep his commitment to provide a doctor for every Nova Scotian? How will this help the government keep Emergency Rooms open? How will this help us recruit more doctors? All this will do is keep our health care system in a perpetual state of turmoil, as it has been for the past two years.”

MacDonald adds, “We can’t afford to drive more young, well educated people to leave Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada, and certainly not doctors and health care providers.”