What they said
vs. What really happened
Broken Promises on Record
Frontline Health Careprev nextThat's what we call... A Broken Promise
What they said...Premier Dexter announced a plan to slash more than $50 million from Nova Scotia health care in 2012-2013.
The premier admitted that it would result in tough choices, but said, “We have told [district health authorities] that there isn't to be an effect on patient care. We believe that we can move through the system and find ways to customize the services and to reduce our costs in order to be able to meet our budget targets.”
In contrast to Premier Dexter’s statement, the chief financial officer at the IWK warned, "This amount of money is going impact care and it's going to have to change care. We will not be able to find $46-million through pure efficiencies.”
Despite the dissenting opinion of health professionals, the Dexter government continued to claim that a $55 million health cut would not impact frontline care.
What really happened...In 2011-2012, health authorities were subject to a budget freeze. For example, having their budgets frozen caused emergency room closures across the province (for example, Cape Breton and Digby), operating room closures and clinic closures.
These changes to frontline care came after a freeze; imagine what a $55 million cut will do to frontline health service in the province.
© 2012 NS Liberal Party