ARGYLE, NS – Argyle-Barrington Progressive Conservative candidate and health critic Chris d’Entremont says even Liberal candidates know their leader is wrong about putting union bosses ahead of patients in the health care sector, but Stephen McNeil still doesn’t get it.
At yesterday’s Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River all candidates debate, the local Liberal candidate agreed with the Progressive Conservative position, saying back-to-work legislation is necessary for essential services.
Stephen McNeil opposes back-to-work legislation for essential services in the healthcare sector.
“Stephen McNeil’s own candidates agree patients and their families should come first in health care, but he is still siding with big union bosses,” said d’Entremont. “Even Liberals see Stephen McNeil’s extreme position is dangerous for patients and their families.”
In anticipation of a threatened strike at the Capital District Health Authority in Spring 2012, 530 diagnostic imaging appointments were postponed and 430 surgeries and nearly 2,000 outpatient appointments were delayed. It took months for all those patients to get the care they needed.
When the Progressive Conservatives introduced legislation to end work stoppages in hospitals, Stephen McNeil sided with the Dexter NDP and big union bosses by voting no.
When a recent contract dispute threatened our ambulance service, the McNeil Liberals voted against keeping paramedics on the job.
“The Progressive Conservatives believe health care services must be there for the patients who need them, but it’s obvious Stephen McNeil disagrees,” said d’Entremont. “Stephen McNeil says this election is about trust, but how can patients and their families trust him to protect them when his record proves he will always put big union bosses first?”