MLA MacLeod concerned over Liberal doctor recruitment decisions

April 25, 2018 at 9:56 am

NS skips St. John’s conference because too expensive, but spent $99,000 on branding for Ireland recruitment tour

Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg MLA Alfie MacLeod says doctor recruitment efforts are important but he can’t help but wonder why a trip to Newfoundland was deemed “too costly” by government, yet expensive branding is okay.

Yesterday, the McNeil government announced that the Immigration Minister and representatives from the Nova Scotia Health Authority would be taking a trip to Ireland and Britain to recruit more doctors to Nova Scotia. This was announced alongside the new “Room to live” campaign, which is set to cost taxpayers $99,000 in branding and materials.

“It’s a slap in the face to every Nova Scotian waiting for a family doctor,” says MacLeod. “Skipping one important recruitment trip while spending nearly a hundred grand on signs and fancy logos just doesn’t make any sense.”

Last week, the NSHA chose not to attend the rural medicine conference in St. John’s, making Nova Scotia the only Canadian province not represented. MacLeod questioned this decision during question period on April 17. The Premier, under pressure from MacLeod said he would investigate the issue with the health authority. MacLeod says he wants to see the results of that investigation.

“I could say I am surprised by this, but nothing about this government surprises me anymore,” says MacLeod. “We need doctors here, it’s as simple as that. This government needs to wake up and make smart decisions. People are depending on us.”