Northside-Westmount candidate Murray Ryan calls for more local decision making in healthcare

August 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Murray Ryan, PC candidate for Northside-Westmount, says local professionals and administrators should have a say in decisions that affect the Northside General.

“Local doctors and other health professionals understand local challenges and potential solutions much better than someone sitting in an office tower in Halifax,” Ryan said. “Our healthcare professionals are doing an incredible job, but they need more authority to fix local problems. Tim Houston and his PC team will restore local decision making.”

The lack of doctors and other healthcare professionals at the Northside General caused Emergency Room closures to increase by more than 500 percent since 2013. Northside General Hospital’s emergency room has been closed most of this summer and will not reopen until August 28.

“Our doctors and other healthcare professionals are holding our broken system together, but they are maxed out,” said Ryan. “Restoring local decision making is a strong signal that we respect their expertise and contributions. That’s what will keep them here and attract other professionals.”

Ryan said people on the doorsteps say they want access to qualified personnel to answer their questions and manage their problems. They say the Liberals have let them down and there is only one viable alternative to the Liberals: Tim Houston’s Progressive Conservative Party.

“People understand that a vote for anyone other than the PC Party is a vote in favour of the healthcare crisis,” Ryan concluded. “This by-election is a chance to send the Liberals a message that you expect better.”