Queens General ER Closes as Rankin Healthcare Crisis Continues

After proudly remaining open for more than 70 years, the Queens General Hospital emergency department is experiencing multi-day closures for the second week in a row.

This is yet another result of Iain Rankin’s failure to fix the healthcare crisis. Rankin has yet to dedicate a campaign event to addressing healthcare.

The ER will close Tuesday, at 5 p.m., and will remain closed until 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 22.

“Last week, the Queens General ER closed for the first time in 70 years. Now we know that this was not a one-time occurrence,” says Kim Masland, PC candidate for Queens. “Because of Iain Rankin’s failure to address the healthcare crisis, the Queens General joins the many emergency rooms across our province facing chronic closures.”

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.

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.

“Nova Scotians face a clear choice this election; the Rankin Liberals who will ignore the healthcare crisis, or Tim Houston’s PCs who are bringing forward solutions,” says Nolan Young, PC candidate for Shelburne.

“The South Shore will continue to see ER closures and long waits for ambulances unless a new government can be elected to address these challenges.”

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.