Porter: NDP treating Valley residents like second class citizens
HALIFAX, NS – Hants West MLA Chuck Porter is demanding the NDP government practice what they preach and allow the people of Hants County to have a renal dialysis site close to home.
“This NDP government is talking out of both sides of their mouth,” said Porter. “On one hand, they’re issuing press releases that say receiving care closer to home is better for Nova Scotians living with kidney disease. Then in the next breath, they deny our community its own dialysis unit, even though we have $125,000 committed from individuals, organizations and local community groups for the capital purchase of the equipment. It’s unbelievable.”
In a Department of Health press release issued yesterday, Deputy Premier Frank Corbett said, “Receiving this care closer to home will make life better for Nova Scotians living with kidney disease and their families.” Today, the NDP announced new funding for Halifax, missing an opportunity to support ongoing efforts at the Hants Community Hospital.
“It’s about time the Minster of Health acknowledged that same point holds true for those in Hants County, who have to drive to Halifax or Berwick for treatment,” said Porter. “Patients and their families will be better served by making the investment close to home and not forcing those that are sick to travel unreasonable distances to receive the care they need.”