SYDNEY, NS – Doctors in Cape Breton are rallying today to bring attention to the continued loss of physicians, specialists and health services from the area. Progressive Conservative candidates will be in attendance to support the concerned doctors, healthcare professionals and their patients.
“Stephen McNeil insists there is no healthcare crisis in Cape Breton, even though the list of problems plaguing the system is growing,” says PC candidate for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg Alfie Macleod, who is attending today’s rally. “Cape Breton is in desperate need of family physicians, specialists and mental health services. Stephen McNeil continues to dismiss all of these serious issues.”
“Doctors and patients in Cape Breton are frightened and frustrated with how the McNeil Liberals are handling healthcare,” says PC candidate for Northside-Westmount Eddie Orrell, who will also be supporting doctors at the rally. “This is especially true in Northside, where the emergency room doctors nearly had their pay cut back and rumours continue to swirl about the ER closure. People in Cape Breton have lost confidence in the system because of Stephen McNeil’s record.”
MacLeod, Orrell, and others from the PC Party are proud to stand with doctors at the rally, which begins at 1 p.m. at Memorial High School in Sydney Mines.
A PC government led by Jamie Baillie will take concrete action to ease the doctor shortage by:
– Investing $13.5 million to bring more doctors to under-serviced areas
– Doubling the tuition relief program to $6 million to keep new family doctors in Nova Scotia
– Giving credential recognition for Canadians who study medicine abroad