Health care crisis worsens on the eve of Iain Rankin’s election call

As Premier Iain Rankin gets ready to call an election in the middle of a province-wide state of emergency, nurse shortages are skyrocketing.

Nova Scotia Health today confirmed that the number of nursing vacancies has jumped to 20% across the province, compared to 7% in the first quarter of 2020. The president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union called it the worst she has seen in 30 years.

“This is what happens when you have a Premier and a government that is more focused on keeping power and calling an election than on fixing health care,” said Brian Comer, a registered nurse who was elected PC MLA in 2019 and is now the party’s candidate in the new constituency of Cape Breton East. “Iain Rankin actually took the health care crisis created by Stephen McNeil over the last eight years and made it worse.”

Under Tim Houston’s Hope for Health plan announced in the fall of 2020, a clinical health services plan will be put in place in every region to support local health care professional recruitment and retention.

“Iain Rankin and the Liberals had eight years to ensure we had a health care system that works for Nova Scotians,” added Comer. “Instead, we have health care that’s in crisis and getting worse and worse. Tim Houston and his PC Team have a Hope for Health plan to make things better.”

Comer is one of eight front line health care professionals running as part of Tim Houston’s PC Team to fix health care:

- Michelle Thompson, Antigonish (registered nurse)
- Colton Leblanc, Argyle (paramedic)
- Sura Hadad, Bedford South (dentist)
- Carl Deveau, Clare (paramedic)
- Nargis DeMolitor, Clayton Park West (registered nurse)
- Barbara Adams, Eastern Passage (physiotherapist)
- Candice Clairmont, Yarmouth (licensed practical nurse)