Surgical wait times in gynecology increase by 20% under McNeil Government

November 3, 2015

Surgical wait times in gynecology have increased by 20% province-wide, and by 63% at the Valley Regional Hospital under the McNeil government according to a Department of Health briefing note obtained by the NDP Caucus. The briefing note also states that Northern Nova Scotia is experiencing a shortage of obstetricians calling the situation “tenuous.”

Read the document here: gynecology briefing note.

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald calls the details of the briefing note troubling and says the McNeil government is not doing enough to ensure women have access to quality health care in a timely manner. She is calling on the government to put in place a plan to address the obstetrician shortage immediately.

“It’s completely unacceptable that women living in parts of rural Nova Scotia must drive more than an hour to give birth,” says MacDonald. “Instead of ensuring that moms and their babies have access to the best healthcare possible, Leo Glavine has been preoccupied with amalgamating district health authorities. To make matters worse, the Minister decided to pick a fight with obstetricians over their licensing fees which has contributed to the shortage. The numbers don’t lie. As a result of this Liberal government’s actions, health care has deteriorated across Nova Scotia.”