d’Entremont: McNeil Liberals ignoring rural patients

October 01, 2013 at 1:23 pm

ARGYLE, NS – Argyle-Barrington Progressive Conservative candidate and health critic Chris d’Entremont is calling on Stephen McNeil to explain why he thinks patients in Halifax are more important than those in the rest of Nova Scotia.

On the same day Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie unveiled his plan to reduce the number of District Health Authorities in Nova Scotia from 10 to three – one for Halifax, one for the rest of Nova Scotia and one for the IWK – d’Entremont challenged McNeil to explain why rural Nova Scotians are left behind under the Liberal plan.

The Liberals have proposed reducing the number of District Health Authorities to two – one for the IWK and one for all of Nova Scotia.

“Stephen McNeil’s health care plan calls for all decision making to be done in Halifax, where the challenges are far different from those in rural areas,” said d’Entremont. “Stephen McNeil either doesn’t understand the health care system, or he has completely abandoned rural Nova Scotia in his effort to win votes in Halifax.”

d’Entremont says the Progressive Conservative plan, Change that Works, recognizes the unique challenges in rural health care delivery and ensures decisions will be made after proper consultation and input from local community members.

“We will work with local community health boards to make sure the unique needs of patients in rural Nova Scotia are addressed,” said d’Entremont. “Unlike the McNeil Liberals, we will not pick winners and losers in the health care system. We have a plan that ensures all Nova Scotians will be treated fairly and get the care they deserve.”