Progressive Conservative health critic Eddie Orrell says backbencher Hugh MacKay’s social media post proves just how far out of touch the Liberals are with Nova Scotia’s health crisis.
In a scathing Facebook post Sunday, the MLA for Chester-St. Margaret’s blamed the provincial health crisis on the lifestyle choices of Nova Scotians.
MacKay posted the following:
“Nova Scotians continue to be plagued by a number of chronic diseases that are often linked to lifestyle choices. Smoking, over-consumption of alcohol, poor diet, and inactivity all greatly increase the risk of developing heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer.
The treatment costs for these oft-preventable diseases is immense and is a source of great frustration for our health care professionals and for your government.
Before questioning why there is not more money for education, roads, and community services think about the immense wasted costs in treating the results of our lifestyle choices.
Tough words for a tough problem, but I was elected to tell it like it is.”
Orrell says MacKay’s comments are a slap in the face to all Nova Scotians who aren’t getting the healthcare they deserve.
“The healthcare crisis cannot be dropped at the feet of sick and suffering Nova Scotians,” says Orrell. “Is this really what Premier McNeil and the Liberals think about the men, women and children who need healthcare?”
Orrell says blaming sick Nova Scotians for the troubles in education, the potholes in the roads and the lack of services for those most vulnerable is disgusting. Orrell adds money spent on saving the lives of Nova Scotians is never “wasted” as MacKay suggested.
“I spent Sunday afternoon with my family, not sitting on Facebook hurling abusive comments at Nova Scotians,” says Orrell. “Premier McNeil must ask Mr. MacKay what he means by ‘immense wasted costs in treating the results of our lifestyle choices,’ because I don’t believe saving the lives of men and women who have heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, or cancer is a waste of money.”
This isn’t the first time the McNeil Liberals have come under fire for attacking Nova Scotians about healthcare.
In February of 2014, Minister Leo Glavine also attacked Nova Scotians for the failing healthcare system.
“Preventive care may have a role to play, but this is not the way to start the conversation,” says Orrell. “This is a slap in the face to the men and women without family doctors, the patients laying on stretchers in hospital hallways and the ambulances lined up a dozen deep at the ER doors.”