PC candidate for Hants West says Liberals overlooking problems with primary care access

April 07, 2017 at 2:00 pm

WINDSOR, NS – Janice Munroe-Dodge, the Progressive Conservative candidate for Hants West, is disappointed that the McNeil government is brushing-off concerns from Nova Scotians who are having difficulty accessing primary care.

VIDEO OF THE COMMENTS FROM MR. PORTER WAS REMOVED TO COMPLY WITH A COMPLAINT FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER.

During Wednesday’s public accounts committee, Liberal MLA Chuck Porter said he “struggles” with comments suggesting people in Hants West don’t have access to primary health care. He said he doesn’t see any delays when it comes to primary care and he doesn’t hear concerns from his constituents on the issue.

Munroe-Dodge believes comments like these show McNeil’s Liberals are out of touch when it comes to the tough situations their constituents face on a day-to-day basis.

“The Liberals keep minimizing the health care problems in this province,” says Munroe-Dodge. “The truth is, there are 100,000 Nova Scotians without a family doctor, emergency rooms are overcrowded, and surgery wait times are above the national averages. By refusing to admit the extent of the issues, the McNeil government is failing Nova Scotians.”

Munroe-Dodge says there are many excellent health care services in Hants West, but there are also areas that need improvement.

“There are young families who don’t have a family doctor, people who still travel a great distance to see a physician, two physician vacancies in our area, and local doctors who are approaching retirement age,” says Munroe-Dodge. “These are things I’m hearing out in the community, so why is Mr. Porter continuing to say everything is just fine? Contrary to his statements, primary care is not the same as emergency care, and it is safe to say that both areas require immediate attention.”

Munroe-Dodge says as Progressive Conservative MLA for Hants West, she will ensure her constituents are well-represented at the Legislature by bringing their concerns to the table and being a strong voice for the community.