BERWICK, NS – Progressive Conservative candidate for Kings West, Chris Palmer, says he is disappointed by the ongoing problems in the province’s health care system and is calling for Health Minister Leo Glavine to be held accountable. He says the McNeil Liberals have broken a key campaign promise.
“Time and time again, I hear stories at the door from people who are frustrated with the shortage of family physicians, lack of supports for mental health, and wait times for surgical procedures,” says Palmer. “Any good government should make health care a priority. Instead, Stephen McNeil and Minister Glavine are spending their time on administering and reorganizing the health department.”
The Liberals promised in 2013 that if elected, every Nova Scotian would have a family doctor within one year. However, earlier this month, Glavine admitted it would be another two to three years before everyone would finally have access to a primary care provider. He had no answers as to an exact timeline or cost.
“When the McNeil government holds a press conference to make an announcement, there is nothing planned past that point,” says Palmer. “We are hearing the same old tired lines about every Nova Scotian getting a family doctor, but it is three years too late. People can’t keep waiting, and it is irresponsible for the Health Minister to be giving people more false hope.”
Palmer says if Nova Scotians want to see a change in the way the province manages health care, it will require a change in government.
“Positive changes and progress in areas like health care, education and the economy aren’t possible under the politicians of the past,” says Palmer. “Fourteen years is long enough. It is time for a fresh perspective in Kings West, a new government and a new Premier for the province.”
A PC government led by Jamie Baillie would create an aggressive doctor recruitment plan, address issues tying up emergency rooms and implement numerous initiatives to tackle the province’s mental health crisis.