Glace Bay ER Closes as Rankin Healthcare Crisis Continues

The weak leadership of the Rankin Liberals is keeping the Emergency Room in Glace Bay closed, but Iain Rankin still hasn’t addressed the healthcare crisis on the campaign trail.

The doors of the ER were closed overnight on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, this week.

According to the government’s data, the Glace Bay Emergency Room was closed almost 4,000 hours in 2019-2020. In fact, the Emergency Room was open only 23 percent of the time.

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 people of Glace Bay and Dominion deserve to know that when they need help, there won’t be a “Closed” sign on the Emergency Room door,” says Johnny White, PC candidate for Glace Bay-Dominion. “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.

Ambulance Shortages are also an issue in Glace Bay. Since the election campaign began on July 17, the Paramedics Union has declared a Code Critical in Cape Breton County four of the six days.

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.