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Delorey In Halifax for Opening of the Legislature

Antigonish MLA and Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey is in Halifax this week for the

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opening of the Nova Scoita Legislature’s fall session.

When asked about potential questions he might face regarding health care, Delorey said the questions come from the opposition so he couldn’t say where they are planning to focus their attention. 

Delorey said the legislative session is always productive, noting the work is important. The specific details of the session from a government agenda perspective will roll out as the session progresses, he added.

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Delorey responds to Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Report

ON August 1, Nova Scotia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Catherine Tully, said the commission determined both the Department of Health and Wellness and Sobey’s National Pharmacy Group failed to monitor access to personal information in the Drug Information System.

Last December, the commission began investigating a series of breaches involving a pharmacist at facility operated by Sobeys. The investigation found the pharmacist inappropriately accessed the personal health information of 46 people over two years.

Health and Wellness Minister and Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey responded on August 30.

“We take the privacy of personal health information seriously and want Nova Scotians to be confident their personal information is safe,” stated Delorey. ” Steps are being taken to improve the system by increasing privacy training for staff and enhancing the collection of information and statistics.”

In his response, Delorey stated the privacy review office’s report indentified several concerns with a “high trust model”, adding the department is reviewing the model and the review will determine what changes are needed.  

 

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Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey says province looking to Move Quickly on Highway 104 Twinning

The province is contributing the lion’s share of funding for some new twinning work.

On Tuesday, the Nova Scotia government announced an investment of $195 million for the twinning of a 38 kilometre section of the 104 between Sutherland’s River and Antigonish.  The work will include a 10 kilometre, four-lane alignment between Barneys River and James River, south of the existing Highway 104.

Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey said safety has been an issue along that stretch of the 104 for decades. He said this twinning will make the route safer and bring about economic benefits both during the construction and when the twinning is complete.

With the announcements, Delorey said they are looking to get things up and running quickly and get it finished as soon as possible. The timeline presented by the province has the work likely beginning in 2020 and hopefully wrapping up by 2024

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Delorey says there access to family practice physicians is critical, and new program will assist that

Recently Health Minister and Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey announced the selection of 10 new family medicine residency spaces in the province.

Delorey says there is an obvious need for primary care in the province, a critical part of the capacity to provide such care relies on the province’s access to family practice physicians.

A release from the government states six spaces will be at a new training site in Northern Nova Scotia, while another two will be added to an existing site in Cape Breton. One will go to South West Nova and one will be used for residents to gain experience in areas such as mental health or oncology.

The new spaces are part of Dalhousie University’s Family Medicine Residency Training Program. The new site and additional spaces will open next July.

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Province announces initiative to add more Nurse Practitioners

Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey was in Antigonish today to announce two initiatives looking at

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adding more nurse practitioners to the province.

 

The Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive will cover the salaries of up to 10 registered nurses while they attend Dalhousie University’s two-year Master of Nursing nurse practitioner program full-time. Those who participate must commit to work in a comunity designated by the province for five years. Those communities include the Town of Digby, and parts of the surrounding area, the Town of Shelburne, and parts of the surrounding area, Town of Sheet Harbour, and parts of the surrounding area, Cumberland County, Pictou County, Cape Breton County, Inverness County, and Victoria County.

 

 

 

The government is investing $1.4 million in the Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive over two years. The province is also investing $1.6 million over four years to fund an additional 25 seats in Dalhousie’s nurse practitioner program over the next two years.

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Delorey announces new family medicine residency spaces

Nova Scotia Health Minister and Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey today announced the selection

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of 10 new family medicine residency spaces in the province. A release from the government states six spaces will be at a new training site in Northern Nova Scotia, while another two will be added to an existing site in Cape Breton. One will go to South West Nova and one will be used for residents to gain experience in areas such as mental health or oncology.

The new spaces are part of Dalhousie University’s Family Medicine Residency Training Program. The new site and additional spaces will open next July.

Delorey stated the province needs  more family doctors, adding residency spaces are among  their best recruiting tools.

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Premier Shuffles Cabinet, Delorey and Hines to Remain in Current Portfolios

Premier Stephen McNeil shuffled his cabinet today. The changes don’t affect two local MLA’s

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who hold cabinet posts. That means Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey holds on to his Health portfolio and Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines remains Minister of Transportation of Infrastructure Renewal.

Hants West MLA Chuck Porter takes over Municipal Affairs from Derek Mombourquette, who becomes minister of Energy and Mines. The geoscience and mining division of the former Natural Resources department transfers to the new Energy and Mines Department.

Iain Rankin moves from Environment to the renamed Lands and Forestry Department. Margaret Miller who headed Natural Resources moves back to her old job

Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister.

as Environment Minister. Geoff MacLellan gives up his energy responsibilities in cabinet but remains as Business, Trade and Service Nova Scotia Minister. He also joins the Treasury and Policy Board

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Health Minister says Doctor Shortages Not Just a Rural Issue

With numbers showing the waiting list for doctors is growing, the province’s health minister says access to family physicians, nurses and primary care providers is not just an urban versus

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rural issue or even a Nova Scotia issue.

Antigonish MLA and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness minister Randy Delorey said regions across the country are facing the same challenge when it comes to accessing doctors. Delorey said the government has highlighted the fact that for many years, it was viewed as a rural issue.

Delorey said the deparment ideitified about half of the need for doctors is in urban centres.

Since making that identification, Delorey said his department made modifications to incentive programs to acknowledge the need and introduced new programs and initiatives to help with the long term recruitment of family physicians and primary care providers in Nova Scotia.

Recent numbers show the waiting list for a doctor in the province is at 50,024 or roughly 5.4 per cent of the province’s population.

The high comes even as the province announced that 319 doctors took on 2,893 patients in the first two months of the government’s patient incentive program, which aims to shorten the waiting list.

A recent Global story quoted family doctor and Doctors Nova Scotia president Dr. Manoj Vohra as saying the numbers are an indication that the demand is insatiable.

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Delorey says Budget Includes Provisions for Additional Health and Education Projects and Upgrading 104 Highway

Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey says he’s pleased with the measures contained in this week’s provincial budget, with targeted investments and that it is fiscally

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sustainable.  He says in this third consecutive balanced budget there’s additional money for both his portfolio in health and education as well.

In education, there’s additional funds to address an upcoming report on inclusive education, maintaining 140 additional teaching positions that were created last year and more pre-primary classes
Delorey says money also in the budget for continuing work on the Highway 104 interchange project at Paqtnkek as well as funding for design for the 104 twinning project from Sutherland’s River to Antigonish
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Antigonish County officials Meet With Local MLA on School Board Dissolution

Antigonish County Council has met with Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey regarding the province’s recent decision to dissolve the elected English language  school boards.

Warden Owen McCarron said school boards are a provincial issue, however they felt it was important to hear first-hand from our MLA.

 

 

McCarron said residents have expressed concerns about the board being eliminated given that they were elected, and they should have been allowed to at least finish out their term.