Health Care

Posted at 10:19 am on May 29, 2017

In the closing days of the Nova Scotia Provincial Election campaign, health care and doctor shortages have emerged as the biggest concerns from voters. As a result, party leaders are visiting communities to hold rally’s and to hear about the “crisis”
PC Leader Jamie Baillie was in Antigonish Sunday to hold a rally at PC Candidate, Ray Mattie’s office. Baillie says the system has been broken for far too long, and it needs fixing immediately:
Baillie visited communities throughout Cape Breton over the weekend to hold similar events. He says that everywhere he goes has the same message: we need more doctors.

Posted at 8:51 am on May 12, 2017

This week celebrates nurses, and their ever expanding role of nursing people back to health. Nursing roles are evolving at an ever expanding rate in communities across

Nova Scotia Nurses Union President Janet Hazelton

the country, and particularly in Nova Scotia, where we are experiencing a doctor shortage.

Janet Hazelton is President of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, and a former resident of Antigonish. She says that nurses should be able to take on extra roles during situations like this to help process patients quicker. Nurses are willing and able to do the work:
Hazelton says we need to look at the needs of particular communities and decide how to staff clinics that are short doctors.

Posted at 6:45 am on March 13, 2017

A small mumps outbreak is affecting pockets of people in the province. A few schools through parts of province have had students who experienced the mumps raising concerns among residents. The mumps is an extremely contagious viral infection of the salivary glands that most commonly affects children and young adults. It can be transmitted in the same ways that a cold or flu can be transmitted.

Dr. Ryan Sommers, Medical Officer of Health for Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou counties says a mumps outbreak every couple years is not uncommon. Sommers says some people may think they are vaccinated from mumps, but they should consult their doctor:

Sommers says if you do have symptoms encourage people to seek medical care or call 811. If you have been diagnosed, stay away from work or school and get vaccinated if you haven’t already been.

Posted at 2:22 pm on March 1, 2017

Pictou West Conservative MLA Karla MacFarlane says it’s another example of the dire shortage of doctors in the province.    MacFarlane cited the case of a Pictou man David Trites, who came home from Ontario  to be closer to family while dealing with pancreas and lung problems.  While Trites has been able to see a number of specialists in Nova Scotia, he can’t find a family doctor. MacFarlane says he’s scheduled to fly back to Ontario on Saturday, because he can’t wait any longer for a family doctor.
MacFarlane says there are thousands are people in Pictou County without a doctor.
MacFarlane says she lays the blame on the shortage of doctors at the feet of Premier Stephen McNeil and Health Minister Leo Glavine.  She says during the last election, the Liberals promised a doctor for every Nova Scotian.    She says that hasn’t materialized yet.