Special interests come before patients and families with McNeil

September 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Only Baillie’s Progressive Conservatives have the backbone to bring real change to health care

ARGYLE, NS – Jamie Baillie will put patients first in health care, but Stephen McNeil and the Liberals will not, says Argyle-Barrington Progressive Conservative candidate and health critic Chris d’Entremont.

Today, Jamie Baillie unveiled the Progressive Conservative plan to keep hospitals operating and ambulances on the road during contract disputes.

d’Entremont says Stephen McNeil’s failure to support Baillie’s efforts in the past prove special interests will come before patients under a Liberal government.

“Patients and their families know where Stephen McNeil stands and it’s not with them,” said d’Entremont. “Every time Stephen McNeil has had the chance to put patients and their families first, he’s turned the other way.”

Last year, a threatened strike at the Capital District Health Authority saw 530 diagnostic imaging appointments postponed. Four hundred and thirty surgeries and nearly 2,000 outpatient appointments were delayed.

When the Progressive Conservatives called for action, Stephen McNeil and the Liberals stood alongside the Dexter NDP and the special interests.

d’Entremont says Stephen McNeil’s neglect of patients and their families doesn’t end there.

Recently, a labour dispute threatened the province’s ambulance services. Stephen McNeil and the Liberals again put special interests ahead of patients and their families by voting against keeping paramedics on the job.

“Stephen McNeil’s actions prove patients and their families can’t trust him to protect them,” said d’Entremont. “Only Jamie Baillie’s Progressive Conservatives have the backbone to take on the special interests in the health care system and put patients and their families first.”

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