Progressive Conservatives to hire more Nurse Practitioners

May 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Vision: Better access to health care professionals

Jamie Baillie’s Progressive Conservatives will hire 22 new nurse practitioners to give more than 13,000 Nova Scotians access to highly trained, medical professionals.

“Too many Nova Scotians are forced to rely on emergency rooms because they don’t have access to primary care,” PC leader Jamie Baillie said. “Our plan will provide much needed care to thousands and ease the strain on overcrowded emergency rooms.”

As part of their comprehensive plan for better health care, a Progressive Conservative government will invest $750,000 per year ($3 million over four years) to hire 22 new nurse practitioners. This is on top of the
$6 million announced in the most recent Liberal budget for new collaborative care teams.

“The McNeil Liberals refuse to admit there is a crisis in health care in our province,” said Baillie. “Only the PC team has a plan to deliver fundamental health services to people who need them.”

Nurse practitioners are experienced nurses who take extra training that allows them to diagnose and treat, prescribe medications, order and interpret tests, perform procedures and make referrals. The 22 new nurse practitioners will complement Baillie’s plan to recruit new physicians for our province.

“This commitment demonstrates that Jamie Baillie has a concrete plan for health care that people can rely on,” said PC candidate for Halifax Armdale, Sylvia Gillard. “It will tell Nova Scotia’s nurse practitioners that they don’t have to leave our province to find work, and that a PC government will value their contributions to the health care system.”

Gillard recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a Masters in Nursing in the nurse practitioner stream.

In addition to this important investment in nurse practitioners, a Progressive Conservative government will take concrete action to ease the doctor shortage:

  • Invest $13.5 million to bring more doctors to underserviced areas;
  • Double the tuition relief program to $6 million to keep new family doctors in Nova Scotia; and
  • Credential recognition for Canadians who study medicine abroad.