Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says opening four acute care beds that are closed will ease pressure on the Emergency Room at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre and serve patients better.
Smith-McCrossin wrote to Minister Delorey and Dr. Brendan Carr on January 8, 2020.
The reason given for the bed closures is a nursing staffing shortage. If this is the reason for the closures, management needs to examine the underlying reasons that led to the shortages.
“I am concerned for the well-being of our community and I am requesting that management find out why these shortages exist,” said Smith-McCrossin. “Our province’s healthcare relies heavily on our nurses. If there are human resource issues, we need to work with our nurses and fix them immediately.”
The Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre needs all their acute care beds open to properly serve the community. With acute care beds closed it is contributing to the healthcare crisis in Nova Scotia under McNeil’s government.
“It is unacceptable to have beds closed when there are emergency room patients laying on stretchers in the hallway. In an already stressful situation, family members shouldn’t have to stand in a hallway with a loved one,” said Smith-McCrossin. “Action is required immediately to reopen the acute care beds.”