McNeil government needs to address ER overcrowding at Halifax Infirmary

March 4, 2015

NDP MLA Dave Wilson is calling on the McNeil government to put in place a plan to deal with overcrowding in the Emergency Room at the Halifax Infirmary.

This morning Dr. Sam Campbell, chief of the Emergency Department at the QEII, told CBC the situation is “quite demoralizing”. He says at one point, earlier this week, 13 ambulances were waiting to unload patients at the Infirmary but there was no place to put them. He also described arriving for his noon shift to find patients who had been waiting in the ambulance hallway since 4 a.m.

“The current flu outbreak was predicted in advance so why didn’t the McNeil government have a plan in place to deal with it?” says Wilson. “What’s even worse is that the Health Minister hasn’t even addressed the current situation at the Infirmary. This is a major concern. Health care workers and doctors at the QEII need support right now from the government to mitigate what is a very challenging situation.”

He added, “It’s unfortunate that, again, yesterday Premier McNeil and his government were focused on cleaning up the mess they’ve created with Bill 1 instead of trying to protect patient care at the only tertiary hospital in the province.”