Liberals leave rural Nova Scotia behind in health care

September 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says the McNeil Liberals have left rural health care patients and their families behind.

The McNeil Liberal health care plan calls for the establishment of one health authority that will see all decisions made in the city, where the challenges and needs are very different from those in rural Nova Scotia.

“Rural Nova Scotians deserve to know their unique needs and concerns are being addressed and that can’t happen with all decision making centered in Halifax, as Stephen McNeil and the Liberals are proposing,” said Baillie. “Stephen McNeil either doesn’t understand the challenges in the health care system or he has decided to leave rural Nova Scotia in the dust.”

Baillie says the Progressive Conservative health care plan takes the different needs of rural Nova Scotians and people living in the city into account.

The Progressive Conservative plan, Change that Works, will reduce the number of district health authorities from 10 to three – one for the city, one for the rest of the province and one for the IWK.

Baillie says the reductions will save $60 million. All savings will be directed into front line health care services, including more rural nurses and doctors.

The Progressive Conservatives will work with local volunteer community health boards to make the kind of health care changes Nova Scotians deserve.

“While Stephen McNeil and the Liberals ignore rural Nova Scotians, the Progressive Conservatives have a balanced plan that takes their needs into account,” said Baillie. “We will build a health care system for all Nova Scotians.”