NDP Delivers Better Health Care for Nova Scotia Families

September 11, 2013


(Bedford, N.S.) Today, Premier Darrell Dexter announced that more families will get better health care where and when they need it by starting the process to open a new 25-bed hospital and extend the current Cobequid Community Health Center to 24-hour service.

“The number of suburban families is growing and this is the largest community in the province not to have any local hospital beds,” said Dexter. “The NDP is making sure that families, seniors and kids can get the health care they need, where and when they need it.”

The NDP will start a data gathering and feasibility study to build a new 25-bed hospital in Lower Sackville, which would also add more new beds to the health-care system. Cobequid Community Health Center will change to around-the-clock care starting Jan. 1, 2014.

“Having a parent or child in the hospital is stressful enough without the added worry of feeling far away from them. Delivering better health care where and when families need it means more families get same-day or next-day doctor appointments and have a hospital closer to home, friends and family,” said the NDP leader.

“Patient health care is getting stronger with the NDP. Stephen McNeil would take health-care choices out of the hands of local communities and centralize them into a super bureaucracy that hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried.”

“A super bureaucracy would throw the health-care system into chaos and cause more closures and longer patient wait times. The Liberals closed 1,600 hospital beds and forced 1,000 nurses out of the profession. If given the chance, they would do it all again,” said Dexter.

“The NDP is reducing health administration spending and targeting that money to front-line health care through innovative programs that are reducing wait times and helping to keep more emergency rooms open. Stephen McNeil and the Liberals would put that at risk.”

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.