Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston today called on the McNeil Liberals to use the Fall session of the Legislature to pass PC legislation aimed at improving access to healthcare and supporting healthcare professionals.
“The by-elections confirmed that Nova Scotians are worried about their ability to access healthcare and that too many healthcare professionals are feeling left out of the process,” Houston said. “Healthcare professionals are working at 150 to 200 percent trying to keep the system together but they need a government that respects them, values them and wants to work with them.”
Houston said the PCs have been focused on improvements to the system, with a number of existing healthcare bills on the Order Paper and more to come this fall. But, like all others, their suggestions have been ignored.
“I’m hopeful that the Liberals received the message that was sent to them in the last four by-elections. Time after time Nova Scotians have sent them the message to ‘do better.’ It’s time for the Liberals to listen,” Houston said. “There are seven bills on the paper that the Liberals can call for debate and pass as soon as the House begins and I urge them to do so.”
PC Healthcare Bills on the Order Paper include:
- Personal Health Information Act;
- Health Protection Act;
- Pressure Sore Accountability Act;
- Health Authorities Act;
- Healthcare Outcomes Auditor;
- Lyme Disease Strategy Act; and
- Cayley’s Law.
During the recent by-elections, Houston and PC candidates advocated for restoring decision-making in healthcare to communities. They also said a PC government would focus on rebuilding the relationship with healthcare professionals as a first step.
“There is no quick fix to Nova Scotia’s healthcare crisis, but if healthcare professionals are shown some respect by government, they may stay. If more stay, it will be easier to recruit. It will take time, but it is possible,” Houston concluded. “The fall session of the Legislature is the ideal time to begin discussing ideas that will improve healthcare for thousands of Nova Scotians. This is no time for Liberal MLAs, including backbenchers to continue to be spectators and hecklers. It’s time for them to step up and show some ownership, feel some accountability.”