January 16th, 2023

Minister of Health, NSH CEO must answer health care questions

HALIFAX – Nova Scotians urgently need answers about the state of health care in our province, especially following last week’s news of the deaths of Allison Holthoff and Charlene Snow.

The Nova Scotia NDP Caucus is calling on Minister of Health and Wellness Michelle Thompson, and Karen Oldfield, CEO of Nova Scotia Health to appear before this week’s Health Committee.

“People are very worried about being able to access the health care they and their families need, when they need it,” said NDP Health and Wellness spokesperson Susan Leblanc. “Both Minister Thompson and Ms. Oldfield would add an important perspective from the highest levels of health leadership to the Committee’s conversation. They should appear as soon as possible to answer questions about the serious pressure the system is under.”

According to data from Nova Scotia Health 558 people died in emergency departments across the province last year. Over 43,000 people left an ER without being seen.

The Standing Committee on Health is scheduled to meet this Thursday, January 19 at 10 AM.