Six more doctors leave Cape Breton while McNeil denies healthcare crisis

May 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Stephen McNeil continues to deny there is a crisis in health care.

Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg Progressive Conservative candidate Alfie McLeod and Northside-Westmount PC candidate Eddie Orrell are calling on Liberal leader Stephen McNeil to finally admit there is a healthcare crisis in Nova Scotia, following news that six more doctors intend to leave Cape Breton Island.

press release issued today says, “In recent weeks we have learned that six more physicians in the areas of ophthalmology, radiology, psychiatry and family medicine will be leaving our island during the months of May and June.”

“Everyone knows there is a crisis in healthcare—except Stephen McNeil,” says MacLeod. “The mountain of proof continues to grow, yet Mr. McNeil refuses to acknowledge that the system is broken. Families in Cape Breton have suffered with inadequate healthcare for long enough.”

Orrell agrees, and says today’s news is more evidence that doctors are fed up.

“Stephen McNeil believes it’s acceptable for our province to have a crumbling mental health system, the longest wait times for hip and knee replacements in the country, and almost 100,000 Nova Scotians without a family doctor,” says Orrell.

“Jamie Baillie is the only leader who has listened to the concerns of doctors and patients, and who has a plan of action to fix our broken system,” says MacLeod. 

Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie and the Cape Breton PC team will be holding a healthcare rally with Dr. Craig Stone tomorrow evening in Glace Bay.