Liberal candiate says collaborative emergency centrs will stay open
Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell is firing back at Brian Skabar's comments on rural emergency centres.
Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell.
AMHERST – Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell is not buying NDP claims a Liberal government will jeopardize the area’s three collaborative emergency centres.
“It’s desperation on their parts,” Farrell said Tuesday. “It’s a fabrication. Stephen McNeil has spoken about CECs on numerous occasions. He’s not opposed to CECs, he’s disappointed in the government’s failed promise to bring more doctors to rural Nova Scotia.”
On Monday, Cumberland North NDP candidate Brian Skabar asked what a Liberal government would mean to the county’s three CECS in Springhill, Pugwash and Parrsboro.
Responding to a question asked of McNeil in Halifax, Skabar suggested the three collaborative centres could be in jeopardy because the Liberal leader has no plan to keep emergency rooms open.
Farrell said the Liberal Party sees physicians as playing an integral role in providing health care in rural communities such as those in Cumberland County.
“Our health care platform is about putting more money into frontline health care and that includes CECs. We’ll not only keep the CECs but we’ll improve them with more physicians,” Farrell said. “The plan is to bring more resources to the front lines and they’re doing work on the frontlines. Support is going to make them better.”
He said if the NDP spent as much time talking about the issues as they did analyzing what McNeil said or didn’t say there’d be a much better discussion of what’s important to Nova Scotians.