Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin wants the government to put a higher priority on hiring physicians in Pugwash and the surrounding area to alleviate local emergency room closures.
Today, in the Legislature she tabled a petition with 44 signatures and gave 31 letters to the Minister on behalf of local residents.
“The North Cumberland Memorial Emergency Care Centre has been closed too often,” says Smith-McCrossin. “This has created unsafe medical situations in our community and we would like to put a stop to these closures.”
Smith-McCrossin says the government must do more for rural healthcare and smaller emergency rooms.
“The Minister of Health must work with his department and the Health Authority to hire physicians to provide medical coverage in the emergency department and primary health care in the community,” says Smith-McCrossin. “People in rural areas are suffering because of lack of access to adequate healthcare services.”