Statement from Kim Masland, PC MLA for Queens-Shelburne regarding the ER closure at the Queens General Hospita

Never since the Queens General Hospital opened its doors in 1949 has it had to close. This has been a source of pride for our community. Sadly, that is no longer the case.

The Queens General Hospital ER Department has been closed since 6:00 a.m. today and will reopen 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13. It will then close again at 6 p.m. to reopen on Wednesday July 14 at 8 a.m. The Liberal government issued no press release nor have they offered any solutions to prevent further closures, despite parading around the province announcing funding announcement after funding announcement in an effort to get re-elected.

Dedicated health professionals have kept these doors open by working tirelessly, without any breaks, and often returning for another shift after only a few hours of sleep.

For years I’ve been sounding the alarm that Nova Scotia is in a health care crisis and the fact that for the first time in more than 70 years the Queens General is closing its doors due to a lack of physician coverage shows the very meaning of this crisis.

The reason for this closure is clear: we do not have enough doctors to do the ER shifts. Our doctors are suffering from tremendous burnout from this government. They're frustrated, they are demoralized, they feel a sense of powerlessness to help residents of their community access the care they need in a timely manner.

I’m proud that the PC Party is putting forward solutions. The PC’s Hope For Health Plan will benefit communities such as ours 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.

Doctors are the foundation of our health care system, and without them we are in a state of demise. Solutions are badly needed for communities such as ours; and it’s clear that the Liberals are not listening.