Short­age of nurses leads to clo­sures

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE -

HAL­I­FAX — Nova Sco­tia is not the only one grap­pling with a short­age of men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als, Premier Stephen McNeil said Thurs­day. Ear­lier this month, the Aberdeen Hos­pi­tal in New Glas­gow an­nounced it would tem­po­rar­ily close its eight-bed men­tal health unit in Au­gust be­cause of a staffing short­age. The clo­sure could last sev­eral months. Op­po­si­tion par­ties have called on the Lib­er­als to in­ter­vene, with Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive critic Chris d’En­tremont say­ing the province’s men­tal health sys­tem is in cri­sis. McNeil said the staffing short­age at the Aberdeen Hos­pi­tal is an on­go­ing is­sue. “There’s ob­vi­ously an HR prob­lem,’’ he said. The Cana­dian Press

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