Health survey paints bleak picture

July 04, 2019 at 9:58 am

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston says Nova Scotians are feeling the effects of the province’s health care crisis.

“The Liberals refuse to acknowledge the chaos in the health system and the effect it has on people,” Houston said. “But Nova Scotians believe the system is failing them.”

Statistics Canada annual community health survey for 2017-2018 showed fewer Nova Scotians think their health is good or excellent and more of us perceive our health to be fair or poor. The survey showed that more Nova Scotians believe their mental health is fair or poor.

“Access to health services is getting more and more difficult because of Emergency Room closures and the doctor shortage,” Houston said. “Without those basic services, it is no wonder people feel less healthy and are worried about their mental health.”

Recently, the Nova Scotia Health Authority announced the Glace Bay Emergency Room would be closed for the entire month of July.  The health authority’s closure website indicates the Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital’s emergency department is closed today and will re-open in a week.

The government admits that more than 50,000 Nova Scotians don’t have a family doctor.

“Health services consume almost half of Nova Scotia’s budget, but more people think their health is declining,” Houston said. “It’s time for the Liberals to make fundamental changes to improve services.”