Iain Rankin’s healthcare crisis is leaving more Nova Scotians without a doctor.
While the Liberals have yet to dedicate a campaign event to healthcare, the PC Party has been laser-focused on health care solutions.
Because of this government's weak leadership, nearly 70,000 Nova Scotians don’t have a family doctor. The Kings and Annapolis region have 11,536 residents without a primary care provider.
“The Liberal government has continued to ignore and downplay the healthcare crisis. Either they don’t understand or don’t care about the impact this is having on many in our community,” says Chris Palmer, PC candidate for Kings West.
“Nova Scotians have a clear choice in this election; a government who will continue to let the doctor waitlist grow, or a Tim Houston PC government who are bringing forward solutions.”
The NSHA in Halifax, a creation of this government, has been a consistent barrier to doctor recruitment and retention as it has created a culture of distrust and lack of respect for doctors and those seeking care.
Under a PC government, there would be a return to local decision-making.
“I look forward to having conversations with my community on how best to recruit doctors so that we can help more people have access to care,” says Palmer.
Palmer has been hearing from members of the community who have been without a family doctor for years.
“I’ve been without a family doctor for nearly five years, and I feel ignored by my government,” said Lance Riswold. “When we had local health boards at least I had a voice. The NSHA is too bogged down with bureaucracy to recruit doctors and it's clear that in order to get results, there needs to be a return to local decision making.”
A PC government would immediately provide access to virtual primary care service for everyone on a waitlist and focus on an aggressive push for doctor retention and recruitment which includes a physician pension fund tied to service agreements.