Dexter NDP had four years to put seniors first

September 18, 2013 at 11:37 am

Baillie cautions seniors to be wary of NDP promises

For immediate release HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says the Dexter NDP’s defence of the bloated bureaucratic and administrative costs in health care has left Nova Scotia seniors waiting for fair treatment.

Today, Darrell Dexter announced the NDP would spend $4 million on a hearing aid assistance program for seniors. However, the funding won’t be available until 2016.

Baillie says the $4 million announced today pales in comparison to the $60 million in health care administration costs the Dexter NDP has defended for the past four years.

“The Dexter NDP has consistently defended the skyrocketing costs of administration in health care while they kept seniors waiting for the kind of front line services they need,” said Baillie. “If the Dexter NDP didn’t spend four years trying to justify the out of control spending in administration, seniors wouldn’t have to wait for programs like this.”

Baillie cautioned seniors to be wary of the Dexter NDP’s promises.

Despite repeated calls for more long-term care beds while in opposition, over the course of the NDP’s mandate, the wait list for a long-term care bed has grown to 2,334 people – more than a 50 per cent increase since Darrell Dexter took office.

Baillie says the Progressive Conservative plan, Change that Works, will put seniors and patients first in health care by reducing the number of district health authorities from 10 to three and putting $60 million into front line health care services, like programs to help seniors.

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