NDP focused on better patient care for families

September 23, 2013

(Preston, N.S.) Today Premier Darrell Dexter announced the NDP will open 4 new Better Care Clinics, that for the first time will allow nurses to provide direct care to patients in communities across the province.

“Families and seniors know what kind of health care works best for them. Better Care Clinics empowers communities to develop the kind of health care that meets the needs of parents, kids and seniors in their community,” said Dexter.

“Under the NDP there are 400 more doctors working in Nova Scotia, but we know there are still communities that need better access to basic health care. Better Care Clinics will deliver health care where and when families need it.”

Better Care Clinics will focus on providing more basic and chronic care to patients in the communities where they live. Clinics will be managed by nurse practitioners that have the training and expertise to meet the needs of patients. It also provides greater flexibility to better meet the specific needs of communities.

“Communities and front line health care workers are in the best position to understand how health care can be delivered in the best way possible. Stephen McNeil wants to strip away community input and centralize health care decisions into a super bureaucracy that would put the focus on paperwork and away from patient care,” said the NDP leader.

Dr. John Ross’ report identified the need to increase access to chronic care. Better Care Clinics does that and puts the focus on patients not reassigning paperwork.

“While McNeil is focused on paperwork the NDP is standing up for families and delivering better patient care. While McNeil is picking fights with nurses, the NDP is looking for ways to better use nurses to bring better health care to more families, kids and seniors. McNeil is focused on the wrong things and will hurt patients and drive nurses out of the province, just like last time.”

The last Liberal government forced 1000 nurses out of nursing and closed 1600 hospital beds.

“The NDP is working with communities and health care workers to find solutions that will make a difference in the lives of parents, kids and seniors. Better Care Clinics delivers health care in communities where they are needed most,” said Dexter.

Four Better Care Clinics will open over the next four years starting two in 2016.

“Over the next year we will work with nurses, doctors, and communities to identify where the clinics are needed most and what legislative and service model will meet the needs of the families it will serve. The NDP wants to work with communities to make choices that are good for everyone. Stephen McNeil will make local health care choices based on bureaucratic spreadsheets. Families deserve better.”

The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.

 Election day is Tuesday, October 8.