FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlottetown, PE (April 19, 2013) – Mike Redmond, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island is urging the Ghiz Government to get its act together in the management of health care. “The Ghiz Government has been in power for six years. They have produced six budgets. And they are no further ahead on health care today than they were six years ago,” said Redmond.

Health Minister, Doug Currie, announced changes to rural health care in March. The planned changes affect services at hospitals in Souris, Alberton, O’Leary and Tyne Valley.

“After attending community meetings on these changes, I can clearly see the weaknesses in not having a clear plan for change,” continued Redmond. “Doug Currie has no, I repeat, no plan that people can actually read. He has no effective way of reassuring people in affected communities or people in the Charlottetown and Summerside areas that city hospitals will not be overwhelmed,” the NDP Leader said.

Reports indicate that wait times for many health procedures are among the worst in the country. PEI is the only province that lacks a clear strategy for a catastrophic drug plan. The Ghiz Government is also being criticized for a lack of action for addiction treatment, mental health services, and the increasing devastation of cancer on Prince Edward Islanders.

“Why should Islanders – both rural and urban – have any confidence in unclear plans of this government on health care? They have accomplished almost nothing on health care in over six years,” concluded Redmond. “Why should we believe anything Robert Ghiz or Doug Currie says now?”

Mike Redmond
Leader, NDP PEI
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