The premier has bounced around the province this summer, handing out money like in an election year. Perhaps he is hoping to shore up the federal Liberals; however, the impending federal election should not be his concern. Rather, he should be focused on the major issue for most of this province — health care.
McNeil has had his moments, announcing the opening or rebuilding of clinics. But, if you dig into these announcements, you will find that they are for brick and mortar buildings. There is no money for new doctors. It seems to assume that “if we build it, they will come!” Naïve at best, but more likely, disingenuous. This doesn’t do it. Old buildings will suffice. The buildings are not the problem.
There are new seats at Dalhousie Medical School. Great! Except that it takes a long time to produce a doctor. We could all be dead before these new doctors show up, if they stay in Nova Scotia. And nothing McNeil has announced will replace doctors we have lost to retirement or who are leaving to find a more hospitable province.
A man died at Soldier’s Memorial Hospital in Middleton last month because of the lack of an ambulance to transfer him to hospital in Kentville. And they (NSHA, DHW, EHS and the health minister) are all busy pointing fingers at each other while calling for an investigation. How about we put the money that an investigation would cost into health care?
Nova Scotia health care is in crisis and the best the government can say is that there is no crisis! Well, to those who handle the money that funds health care: There is a very real crisis! And, if a man being dead due to the lack of an ambulance is not indicative of a crisis, as well as a very real failure on your parts, individually and personally, you must live in a bubble.
Heather Spurr, Paradise