Continued ER closures sign of Liberal mismanagement

August 23, 2019 at 11:22 am

Progressive Conservative candidate Colton LeBlanc says the Liberal government is putting people at risk with the constant emergency room closures at Roseway Hospital.

This week, Roseway’s emergency room is closed from 6 a.m., Thursday, August 22, until Sunday, August 25, at 8 a.m. It will also be closed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, August 26.  With the latest closure, the ER has been closed a total 784 of hours since June 1. That’s the equivalent of 32 days.

“This is a frightening symptom of our province’s healthcare crisis,”says LeBlanc. “In an emergency situation, a person shouldn’t have to wonder if the closest emergency room is open or closed. It shouldn’t be this way.”

LeBlanc said the number one concern he hears on the doorsteps is healthcare – lack of doctors, emergency room closures and wait times. As an advanced care paramedic he knows firsthand the realities of the healthcare system.

“Since the Liberals were elected in 2013, emergency room closures have doubled across the province,” says LeBlanc. “The pressure on healthcare professionals to hold the broken system together is huge; they need a government that respects them and works with them.”

Progressive Conservatives know that local health professionals understand local challenges and how to solve them better than someone in an office building in Halifax. A PC government will restore local decision-making to communities and treat our hard-working doctors, nurses and other health professionals with respect.

“If the constant closures at Roseway weren’t bad enough, a domino effect has happened that has added enormous pressures to the Yarmouth Regional and Queens General Hospitals that are still open, as well as on the province’s ambulance system,” says LeBlanc.

LeBlanc acknowledges that the problem didn’t occur overnight and it won’t be fixed overnight but he’s ready and eager to get to work.