PC CAUCUS STATEMENT FROM PC HEALTH CRITIC KARLA MACFARLANE

January 11, 2019 at 1:44 pm

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The following is a statement from PC Health critic Karla MacFarlane regarding the province scrapping online prenatal classes:

“I’m alarmed to learn that the health department has cancelled the last provincially funded service available to expecting parents. Having no resources available for people to educate themselves on pregnancy and parenting leaves a concerning gap in care. I have to question the government’s decision to cancel the program.

I was able to take advantage of the in-person model and I can tell you that it was very helpful for me. It was a network of support; a very nurturing moment during a precious and vulnerable time. In 2014, the government replaced the in-person classes with the online model.  To say that an online model is the same as in-person is not true but at least there was a resource available to expectant parents to ask questions and share their concerns.

We know that there are a lot of Nova Scotians who, for a number of reasons, don’t have access to internet. We are also living in a healthcare system that is strained daily; taking away resources is not the answer.

As the healthcare critic for the Official Opposition, rest assured this is something I will be looking into personally.”