Eastern Shore ER Closes as Rankin Healthcare Crisis Continues

The weak leadership of the Rankin Liberals has caused a multi-week closure of the Emergency Room at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital, but Iain Rankin has yet to address the healthcare crisis on the campaign trail.

Eastern Shore PC Candidate Kent Smith worries there will be a CLOSED sign on the door when residents go to the Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital with an emergency situation. The chronic emergency room closure at the Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital is now extended to the evening of August 3rd.

Last year, emergency rooms across the province were closed for a total of 63,332.5 hours, compared to 15,555 hours when the Liberals came to power in 2013. That’s an incredible 400 per cent increase in only eight years.

The Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital was closed for 37% of 2020.

“It’s unacceptable that the Liberal government’s failure to recruit doctors is keeping our local emergency room closed for weeks at a time,” says Smith. “This election is a referendum on health care between  the Rankin Liberals who will ignore the healthcare crisis and Tim Houston’s PCs who are bringing common sense solutions forward.”

The Liberals’ mismanagement of health care has led to the NSHA in Halifax providing a warning to Nova Scotians to expect longer wait times for emergency service.

The PC’s Hope For Health Plan will help reduce ER closures by bringing forward aggressive doctor recruitment, modernizing our healthcare, and building a health system that listens to the physicians who are trying desperately to bring change, but are ignored by the Liberal government.

Kent Smith says his number one priority is fighting to find solutions to keep the local hospitals open.