June 27th, 2018
New Waterford Health Centre in the works since 2014, still not built
NEW WATERFORD – According to information obtained through a Freedom of Information request, the Liberals approved the site review for a new community health centre in New Waterford in August 2014. Premier McNeil re-announced the community health centre Monday as part of the announcement that the Northside General and New Waterford Consolidated hospitals would close.
“People in New Waterford have been worried for over a year that our hospital would close and the Liberals have lied to us,” said Tammy Martin, MLA for Cape Breton Centre and NDP Health Spokesperson. “If the McNeil government was so worried about the facilities available in New Waterford, they could have build the new health clinic by now.”
As recently as April, Martin asked the Minister of Health during Question Period if residents of New Waterford should be worried about losing their hospital. At the time, Randy Delorey said concerns about the hospital were unfounded.
“No one said a new health clinic would mean losing our hospital,” said Martin. “How does this government expect Cape Breton to survive without local hospitals?”
The Liberals’ announcement on Monday was short on details, including when the community could expect the new health centre to be built and how much all of this will cost.
The FOIPOP files can be found here.