SYDNEY, NS – Progressive Conservative MLAs Eddie Orrell, Alfie MacLeod, and Keith Bain are calling on the Liberal government to immediately address the growing healthcare crisis in Cape Breton. Paramedics in Cape Breton are sounding the alarm because Monday night there were no ambulances available for use on the island and they had to pull one from Antigonish to cover service.
“What would have happened if we had a serious accident in CBRM that required more than one ambulance? We know that in a life-threatening situation, every second counts, “says Orrell, the MLA for Northside-Westmount. “There are no available beds at hospitals, which causes ambulances to spend more time waiting at the emergency room because patients can’t be admitted. They are putting Nova Scotians at risk and it is unacceptable.”
Bain says the McNeil Liberals’ refusal to acknowledge there’s a crisis is shameful.
“We know we have an aging population and flu season has been more aggressive, which has increased the number of patients seeking help,” says Bain, the MLA for Victoria-The Lakes. “If the Liberal government would just listen to the people and be more proactive, we may not find ourselves in this situation.”
MacLeod has been warning the Liberals that if they do not take action, the situation is going to get worse.
“This is further proof the system is in crisis in Cape Breton and is having a real, harmful impact on people,” says MacLeod, the for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg. “I’m rarely lost for words, but this Liberal government’s inaction on healthcare has left me speechless.”
The PC Caucus will continue to push for healthcare services this upcoming Spring session in the Legislature.