Masland fears Rose­way Hospi­tal may be on the chop­ping block

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Queens-Shel­burne MLA Kim Masland fears that Rose­way Hospi­tal may be next on the Lib­eral chop­ping block, af­ter fail­ing to get a com­mit­ment from Health and Well­ness Min­is­ter Randy Delorey that it will stay open.

“This Lib­eral gov­ern­ment has proven at ev­ery turn that they can’t be trusted with our health­care sys­tem,” said Masland in a press re­lease af­ter rais­ing the is­sue dur­ing ques­tion pe­riod in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture on Sept. 7. “My con­stituents are suf­fer­ing be­cause of these hospi­tal clo­sures and the min­is­ter re­fuses to ac­knowl­edge that our hospi­tal and our health­care is their pri­or­ity.”

Masland asked Min­is­ter Delorey if he would give his word that the Rose­way Hospi­tal would re­main an open, full-ser­vice hospi­tal. “Mr. Speaker, this min­is­ter and his gov­ern­ment are set­ting the Rose­way Hospi­tal up for fail­ure. Doc­tor short­ages, con­tin­u­ous emer­gency room clo­sures, out­sourced lab test­ing, and many other dis­man­tled ser­vices are af­fect­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of the hospi­tal. My col­league from North­side-West­mount stood in his spot last spring and asked these same ques­tions about hos­pi­tals in his area. He pointed to the same sig­nals and raised the same concerns. Now we have seen how this movie has ended for the peo­ple of Cape Bre­ton and their hospi­tal, North­side Gen­eral. My ques­tion to the min­is­ter is, will he give me his word to­day that for as long as he is the Min­is­ter of Health and Well­ness, the Rose­way Hospi­tal will be an open, full-ser­vice hospi­tal. Will he make that com­mit­ment?”

Delorey’s re­ply: “Mr. Speaker, I give my com­mit­ment to all Nova Sco­tians that as long as I am Min­is­ter of Health and Well­ness I will con­tinue to work and make the de­ci­sions based upon the in­for­ma­tion that comes to my at­ten­tion, that we be­lieve is in the best in­ter­est to pro­vide the health care that meets the needs of Nova Sco- tians from one end of this prov­ince to the other. That’s what I’ve been tasked to do by the Premier and the peo­ple of Nova Sco­tia and will con­tinue to do that.”

Masland also asked the min­is­ter why the Nova Sco­tia Health Author­ity is only advertising for an emer­gency depart­ment physi­cian that is less than the full­time po­si­tion that is at Rose­way Hospi­tal.

“Does the min­is­ter be­lieve that a sin­gle, less-than-full-time po­si­tion at Rose­way will be ad­e­quate to keep the emer­gency room open, so res­i­dents can ac­cess the health care ser­vices they de­serve?”

Delorey an­swered by telling the House of Assem­bly that the Nova Sco­tia Health Author­ity works dili­gently each and ev­ery week to make sure Emer­gency Room shifts can be cov­ered.

“We have made changes this sum­mer to help sup­port their ef­forts, by in­creas­ing the com­pen­sa­tion for locums, to sup­port the tem­po­rary em­ploy­ees, tem­po­rary physi­cians to come in and pro­vide that cov­er­age when needed. We’ve seen a good up­take of those pro­grams.”

The Rose­way Hospi­tal emer­gency room was closed for 213 hours be­tween Aug. 1 and Aug. 22.

Rose­way Hospi­tal in Shel­burne.

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