Argyle-Barrington MLA Chris d’Entremont says when expectant families can no longer count on the Yarmouth Regional Hospital to deliver their babies, the health system is truly in crisis and the Liberal government must be accountable.
“This is what a health crisis looks like,” d’Entremont said. “When a regional hospital turns pregnant women away, our system is broken.”
A recent memo from the Nova Scotia Health Authority to prenatal clinic patients says a shortage of anesthesiologist means it isn’t possible to deliver babies or perform some surgeries at Yarmouth Regional.
The memo advises pregnant women, who feel they need care, to call before coming into the hospital and warns they may be directed to go to another hospital, such as the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater or the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
“Telling pregnant women who need care to drive for two hours or more is a risky policy,” PC leader Tim Houston said. “Access to basic care is being eroded every day. It’s time for this government to take immediate action.”
d’Entremont added the removal of services for expectant mothers will heap unnecessary stress on families.
“When a regional hospital no longer has the capacity to deliver babies, there is absolutely no doubt that the crisis in health care is having a real and negative impact on Nova Scotians,” he said. “It’s long past time the Liberal government stops denying the crisis and begins taking responsibility.”