Island New Democrats will fight to ensure Western Hospital stays open: Dickiseon

Alberton — The Liberals launched their platform on Wednesday with no mention that they would stop the closure or reduction of services at Western Hospital, or any other hospital in the province.

“Islanders who live in West Prince deserve MLAs who will commit and fight to ensure they can receive emergency care and other health care services in their community,” says Dr. Herb Dickieson, Island New Democrat candidate for District 25, O’Leary-Inverness.  “The Liberal platform does not mention stopping hospital closures, not once.”

Dennis King’s Conservatives and the Green Party have both revealed some sort of plan to privatize health care, if given the chance.  They say they will expand dependence on the virtual health service of Maple, a for-profit company owned in part by Canadian grocery billionaire Galen Weston.

“We’ve heard from health care workers and other hospital staff that they’re worried about the future of Western Hospital, and that’s not right,” says Kester Nurse, New Democrat candidate for District 26, Alberton-Bloomfield.  “Alberton residents need to know from the Minister of Health where he stands on the closure or reduction of services from Ernie Hudson.”

Only Island New Democrats are committed to keeping Prince Edward Island’s public health care system public by ensuring that every new dollar from the federal government should go toward our public health care system, and keep our rural hospitals open.

“There’s a clear choice for Islanders this election,” said Gail Kinch, NDP Candidate for District 27. “A vote for the Conservatives or Liberals is a vote for privatization of health care and closure of the Western Hospital. Instead, we can elect New Democrats who will fight for our Island’s public health services and keep hospitals open.”

Mat Whynott
Phone: 902.483.2882

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