McNeil puts special interests first, patients second

September 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

Lee: Liberal record shows McNeil can’t be trusted to look out for patients
SYDNEY, NS – Voters won’t soon forget Stephen McNeil’s decision to put special interests ahead of health care patients, says Cape Breton Centre Progressive Conservative candidate Edna Lee.
Last year, The Progressive Conservatives introduced legislation in the House of Assembly to avoid work stoppages in healthcare due to labour disputes. The McNeil Liberals voted against the legislation, alongside the Dexter NDP, proving both parties put special interests ahead of patients.
“When Jamie Baillie and the Progressive Conservatives said it was time to put patients first in the health care system, Stephen McNeil stood with Darrell Dexter and said no,” said Lee. “Even when 500 surgeries were cancelled and thousands more were postponed in Halifax by the threat of a strike last year, the McNeil Liberals decided to sit idly by and let patients suffer.”
Lee says Nova Scotia families deserve to have the healthcare services they need when they need them, regardless of potential labour disputes.
“The Liberals showed their true colours when they decided to put special interests ahead of patients,” said Lee. “Stephen McNeil’s record proves the Liberals can’t be trusted to protect patients.”
The Progressive Conservatives have pledged to pass legislation ending work stoppages in hospitals if elected.