With 24 Hours to go, Houston, PC’s continue to talk solutions for Nova Scotia’s growing healthcare crisis

The growing healthcare crisis is the most important issue facing Nova Scotians. Those seeking a family doctor, shorter wait times or free Universal mental health care will see change by voting for a Tim Houston PC government one day from today.

“Everyone has been affected one way or another by underfunding in healthcare,” says Houston. “If it’s not you, it’s a family member, a loved one or a neighbour. It’s time to fix the healthcare crisis and, to do that, we have to change the government.”

On the last full day of the campaign, Houston held a rally surrounded by supporters and candidates in Dartmouth outlining his solutions to bring better healthcare to all parts of the province.

Houston’s plan will recruit and retain doctors for the 72,000 Nova Scotians without a family practitioner, reduce 3-hour ambulance wait times, free up space in our overcrowded emergency rooms and bring surgery wait times in line with national recommendations.

Houston says the Nova Scotians need better access to care, and frontline workers need a government that they can trust.

“Nova Scotia has some of the hardest working healthcare professionals in the world,” says Houston. “Our paramedics, our nurses, our CCAs and our doctors, have never been more burnt out and less supported. A failure to invest in them and in our healthcare system, is a failure to lead.”

Tim Halman, the PC Candidate in Dartmouth East, says the PC message of solutions is what people want to hear at the doors, noting the PCs started putting out detailed policy over a year ago.

“Just criticizing the government doesn’t cut it,” says Halman. “Nova Scotians expect that anyone asking to lead must put forward plans, not complaints. That’s just how we’re built here, and we’ve put forward a clear plan to fix healthcare.”

Houston says his plan focuses on you or your family members getting the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

Some of the PC party plan highlights include:

  • Recruiting and retaining doctors to help the 72,000 people and counting who are without a family care provider.
  • Access to free universal mental health services, with no bill.
  • Building 2,500 new rooms and hiring 2,000 staff to fix up our underfunded long-term care sector.
  • Performing surgeries outside of regular 9-5 hours to shorten the waitlist for people waiting in pain.
  • Fix the ambulance crisis by moving seniors out of ERs and expanding virtual services, allowing paramedics to get back on the road.

Houston stressed that the election could be close and every vote could be the difference.

“Better Healthcare is on the ballot in the name of your local PC candidate, and humbly ask for your support so that we can fix healthcare in this province, together,” says Houston.