New closures of Eastern Shore Emergency Rooms are a warning to voters of what they can expect if Iain Rankin’s Liberals are re-elected on Tuesday.
The Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital will be closed starting at 8 a.m. on August 16 until 8 p.m. on August 17th. The ER closed Wednesday and only reopened last night at 8 p.m.
The Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital's emergency department will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
PC Candidate for Eastern Shore, Kent Smith, says that having the ERs closed for much of the remainder of the election is a tragic example of Iain Rankin’s healthcare crisis.
“Our healthcare system is in crisis and the chronic closure of our emergency rooms is a sad example of how healthcare has deteriorated under this government’s weak leadership,” says Smith.
“The constant and ongoing local closures are unacceptable. People need to feel safe in their own communities, and that starts with having reliable rural hospitals.”
The Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital’s ER was closed for 37 percent of 2020.
It is a 35 minute drive between Twin Oaks and Dartmouth General, the next closest emergency room.
Kent Smith says his number one priority is fighting to find solutions to keep the local hospitals open.
“Enough is enough. We need a government with healthcare solutions so that our community can have the comfort of knowing that if they have a medical emergency, they can access care,” says Smith.
“On Election Day or in the advanced polls, vote to make healthcare the top priority; vote PC,” concluded Smith.