MLA Masland says hospital closures are putting people at risk

August 09, 2018 at 3:08 pm

Queens – Shelburne MLA Kim Masland says Roseway Hospital closures are out of hand.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority continues to announce emergency room closures in Shelburne, for hours at a time, over the busy summer season. Since August 1st, Shelburne emergency department has been closed a total of 141 hours or six of the last nine days, the reason for the closures is lack of physician availability.

“Our population during the summer increases because of tourists and cottagers in the area. We can’t have our local emergency room closed for days at a time. The Liberal government is putting people at risk,” says Masland. “I want the Health Minister to take ownership of this crisis and start doing something about it.”

Masland has questioned Minister Delorey several times on this closure and the healthcare crisis in general.

“Time and time again in the Legislature, I have asked the minister if he thinks these closures are acceptable. I can answer my own question better than he can – they are not, “says Masland.” This is frightening for residents, patients and anyone visiting the area. We deserve better than this, and the McNeil Liberals need to start addressing this crisis.”

Masland looks forward to the Second Session of the Sixty-third General Assembly to open on Thursday, September 6, 2018 where she will continue to hold the Health Minister accountable to healthcare in Queens – Shelburne.