Nova Scotians who are struggling to access healthcare can count on a Tim Houston PC government to fix the crisis in healthcare. With one week until Election Day, Houston says the PCs are the only party with common sense solutions to attract doctors and improve care.
Over the course of Iain Rankin’s State of Emergency Election, the healthcare crisis has grown worse, with more people without a family doctor, more emergency rooms closing, and more communities facing ambulance shortages.
“From Digby to Glace Bay, the number one issue on the doorsteps is healthcare,” says Houston. “Whether they are looking for a family doctor, concerned about emergency room closures, finding long-term care for their loved ones, or worried about the ambulance shortage, Nova Scotians are looking for a government who is focused on fixing healthcare.”
Since Iain Rankin called an election, the 2020 Finding a Primary Care Provider wait list has grown to 71,666 Nova Scotians.
Every county in the province has experienced a Code Critical ambulance shortage and at least a dozen different emergency rooms have faced chronic closures.
“The choice is clear in this election; four more years of Iain Rankin’s healthcare crisis or the PC Party’s healthcare solutions,” says Houston. “We have the plan, we have the team, and we are ready to take on these challenges as a PC government.”
During Houston’s meeting with Doctors Nova Scotia last week, he committed, during his first month as Premier, to go to each region of the province to meet with front line healthcare professionals to work with them directly on implementing the PC’s solutions and to discuss ways to improve those ideas.
Tim Houston’s PC team, 16 percent of which have front line healthcare experience, has put forward a detailed, costed plan with record investments to fix the healthcare crisis, including:
- Aggressively recruiting and retaining doctors;
- Become the first province to introduce universal mental health care;
- Build at least 2,500 new single, long-term care beds and hire 2,000 more health care workers to staff them;
- Opening up operating rooms beyond 9 to 5;
- Providing virtual care for Nova Scotians without a family doctor; and
- Removing the gag order on health care workers who want to improve the system.