McNeil Government must explain healthcare infrastructure delays, says MacLeod

August 15, 2016 at 8:58 am

$30 million in projects on hold despite urgent need for equipment upgrades

Alfie MacLeod, MLA

SYDNEY, NS –Progressive Conservative MLA Alfie MacLeod is outraged Stephen McNeil’s government is stalling urgently needed health care projects in the province.

Last week’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 revealed that $31.3 million was deferred by the Department of Health and Wellness.

“Shortchanging Nova Scotians requiring medical care or kicking equipment costs down the road is no way to manage health care in this province,” says MacLeod. “Under Stephen McNeil’s government, routine maintenance on hospital equipment and infrastructure isn’t being done. These are expenses that will only grow as each year passes.”

The public accounts documents outlined how the government has scrimped at the Health Department, delaying $28 million in capital grants and $6.8 million in IT projects, programs and long term care among other projects.

“Seniors who are waiting for a long-term care bed deserve answers,” says MacLeod.

Doctors in Cape Breton also warned that aging equipment is a hindrance when attracting new physicians to the area. Infrastructure in some hospitals across the province, such as the VG, continues to deteriorate.

“It’s infuriating that tens of millions of dollars have been left unspent while thousands of people in this province can’t even get a doctor,” says MacLeod. “Stephen McNeil and Leo Glavine must explain why the Health department is putting important infrastructure and equipment upgrades on hold.”

MacLeod says fixing our broken economy is the best way to pay for important healthcare equipment and infrastructure.