Tim Houston, PCs have solutions for surgery wait times

Nova Scotians waiting months and years for surgery will find solutions under a Tim Houston PC government. By opening up operating rooms beyond the current Monday to Friday schedule set by the Rankin Liberals, more Nova Scotians will receive critically-needed surgeries in a timely manner.

In order to be accountable and transparent to Nova Scotians, a Tim Houston PC Government will establish a website that tracks, in real-time, the number of surgeries taking place in a day, what types of surgeries, and how each day’s numbers impact the waitlist.

“We need to let our surgeons operate”, says Houston. “We need to do more than just shorten the waitlist. Our goal will be to meet the benchmark standards for wait times, within 18 months of being elected.”

Under the Rankin Liberal government, too many Nova Scotians are waiting beyond national standards. While the Canadian Institute for Health Information benchmark standard for hip and knee surgeries is 182 days, Nova Scotians living in Kentville needing knee surgeries are waiting 1,041 days. Those requiring a knee replacement wait 323 days for a consultation and then 718 days for a surgery that can dramatically improve quality of life.

The consequences of delaying surgeries can be deadly. According to a recent report, 399 Nova Scotians on surgical waitlists passed away in 2020. This means that any Nova Scotian on a waitlist is twice as likely to pass away than in any other province that reported numbers.

“Getting Nova Scotians access to the healthcare they need and deserve is not a nice-to-have,” says Houston. “It’s a moral imperative.”