Cape Bretoners pay the price of McNeil’s broken health care promises

Progressive Conservative leadership candidate and Cumberland North MLA
Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin issued the following statement on Premier Stephen
McNeil closing the Northside General Hospital and New Waterford Consolidated

“Stephen McNeil and the Liberals are adding chaos to a health care system in crisis.
Cape Bretoners once again are paying the price of Stephen McNeil’s broken health
care promises. He told Cape Bretoners these hospitals would stay open to serve
patients in these high-need communities. Today, he has gone back on his word,
without any meaningful consultation with doctors, nurses, other health care
professionals, staff, patients and communities. Closing these hospitals is putting the
health of many Cape Bretoners at risk.”

“I hope the people of Northside-Westmount and Cape Breton Centre aren’t being
punished by Stephen McNeil for not electing Liberal MLAs. I stand with our Cape
Breton PC MLAs, led by the able Health and Wellness critic and my fellow health
care professional Eddie Orrell, in fighting this decision tooth and nail

“As leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia and as Premier, I will work with
communities and front-line health care professionals to make health care decisions
for health care reasons. As someone who worked as a registered nurse for 27 years,
I know health care decisions are best made when the needs of patients and their
families come first.”

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