Doctor waitlist grows to 71,666 under Iain Rankin
Tim Houston and his PC team have spent the campaign offering solutions to the worsening health care crisis to bring doctors to Nova Scotians. The number of Nova Scotians who need a family doctor has skyrocketed to an historic 71,666 people with Iain Rankin at the helm. That number has increased by 2,500 since Rankin called his "State of Emergency election.”
During tonight’s CTV Leader’s Roundtable, the PCs will launch a new television ad entitled “Answer the Call” highlighting the mismanagement of healthcare during the past eight years and stressing the need to invest in fixing the doctor crisis immediately. You can watch the new spot here.
“Iain Rankin isn’t capable of solving the health care crisis,” said Houston. “As more and more Nova Scotians wait for a family doctor, we need real solutions that can only come with a change of leadership and new government.”
Numbers released today show that 71,666 Nova Scotians are now looking for a family doctor, representing over 7% of the population. All four health zones are worse off, including the Western and Northern Zones, which have reached 13% and 14% without doctor coverage, respectively. In September 2020, 47,000 Nova Scotians were on the waitlist. This shows more than a 50% increase in those without access to primary care.
Houston, whose own family is losing their family physician next week, starts the ad highlighting the long wait times.
“The Liberals had eight years to fix healthcare, but it just gets worse, and worse and worse,” he says.
PC Leader Tim Houston is the only party leader who has stated that healthcare will be his number one priority as Premier. Houston’s plan, Solutions for Nova Scotia, includes the following commitments on physician recruitment and retention:
- Respect and value our healthcare providers through improved salaries for family physicians and increased local decision-making;
- Establish a physician pension fund tied to return of service agreements;
- Establish a clinical health services plan in every region;
- Implement a focused strategy to support internationally-trained graduates, including increasing the number of residency seats for Canadian students trained abroad; and
- Create mentoring relationships for new graduates.
“Traveling across the province from Digby to Glace Bay, Nova Scotians are worried about finding a family doctor. I want them to know that hope is on the way in the form of a PC government,” says Houston. “Make no mistake, this election is a referendum on health care and Nova Scotians face a clear choice: four more years of Iain Rankin’s healthcare crisis or a new PC government that puts healthcare solutions first.”