NDP

Hip and knee wait times another broken Liberal promise

March 29, 2017


For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson is concerned about new evidence that wait times for hip and knee surgery in Nova Scotia remains the longest in the country. In 2013, the Liberals promised to reduce wait times for hip and knee surgery to the national average within three years.

“The Liberals promised to reduce wait times, instead they focused on moving bureaucrats around in the Health Authority,” said Dave Wilson, NDP Health Critic. “The results are in, and Stephen McNeil has failed to keep his promise to the people of our province.”

The Liberal government’s own wait time data shows wait times for hip replacements are up from 502 days in 2014 to 647 days today.  Wait times for knee replacements have remained relatively constant at over 700 days.

New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland all do much better than Nova Scotia.  Fifty-six per cent of patients receive care within the national benchmark for wait times for hip replacements in Nova Scotia, compared to 77 per cent of patients in Newfoundland.  On knee surgery, the numbers are far worse, only 38 per cent of Nova Scotian patients receive the care they need within the national benchmark, while in Newfoundland 70 per cent of patients receive care within the benchmark.

“Stephen McNeil’s lack of focus on front-line health care is having major impacts on people’s lives,” said Wilson. “Someone must be held accountable for these failures, and that person is the Premier. People are living in pain because they can’t get surgery.”

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For more information please contact Kaley Kennedy at (902) 229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.