Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn says Premier McNeil must demand more accountability from the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB.)
Dunn introduced an amendment to the Workers’ Compensation Act which would enforce accountability. The workers compensation system hasn’t been reviewed in 22 years. In 2002, there was a partial review of the workers’ compensation system, but none of those recommendations have been implemented.
“The amendment is miniscule, but to lots of people it’s life changing,” says Dunn. “Every time I meet with a constituent that has been denied workers’ compensation, but has the medical documentation that proves his or her injury occurred while on the job, I’m annoyed and disturbed.”
Dunn was joined by the Pictou County Injured Workers Association. The association has been advocating, assisting and advising injured workers and their loved ones for decades.
President of the association Mary Lloyd welcomed the amendment.
“This Bill is very important for all injured workers in Nova Scotia because it would enforce accountability from WCB because right now there’s none,” says Lloyd. “The whole system is fraught with negative impacts on the injured worker. It’s disgraceful that an injured worker who has been diagnosed by a qualified medical professional gets overturned by people who have no qualifications.”
“Bottom line, we need to see more accountability from WCB,” says Dunn. “If they’re acting in good faith then they have nothing to worry about. The McNeil government owes it to injured workers to pass this Bill.”
Lloyd requested to meet with the Minister of Labour, but the association was denied a meeting.