Statement from John Lohr, MLA for Kings North, on the hospice for the Annapolis Valley

August 18, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Kings North MLA John Lohr is pleased that there will finally be a hospice for the people of the Annapolis Valley.

“It goes without saying that the people in the Valley have worked tremendously hard to get a hospice. With $4 million of local fundraising finished two years ago, I thank them for their efforts and celebrate their success.

Over the past few years, I took every opportunity to ensure the government and Health Minister Leo Glavine never forgot about the hospice promised to the Annapolis Valley. This announcement has been a long time coming.

Patients and their families, who are dealing with the heavy issue of end of life care, deserve respect and compassion.

I am disappointed that the NSHA has said that the hospice won’t be open until 2019. A three year build window seems too long considering how long the community has waited already.

I am also concerned that dialysis was not mentioned in this announcement, despite being a key component of the original plan. Minister Glavine must address this and state once and for all if a dialysis facility is coming to the Annapolis Valley and when.

I look forward to working with the Valley Hospice Foundation, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Department of Health and Wellness to see this project completed.”