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NDP Calls On Province For Inquiry Into ER Deaths

By Caitlin Snow Jan 11, 2023 | 11:10 AM

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The NDP is calling on the province to do an inquiry into Emergency Room deaths in the province.

This comes after the tragic death of Alison Holthoff on New Year’s Eve, in an emergency room in Amherst, after a 7 hour wait.

“People want to know what’s going on with health care in Nova Scotia. There is very real concern from families across the province about the state of emergency care,” said Susan Leblanc, NDP Health and Wellness spokesperson. “This is a very serious situation. The Houston government needs to be upfront with people and launch an inquiry into the increasing number of ER deaths. Things have to get better for all Nova Scotians, now.”

According to an NDP Freedom of Information request, the number of deaths in an ER last year alone in NS was 558, the highest in six years.

Over 43,000 left the ER last year alone without being seen.

“We are hearing from worried parents, seniors, and community members who want to know what the government is doing to reverse this awful trend and are upset at the worsening state of health care,” said NDP Leader Claudia Chender. “An inquiry into emergency room deaths would help Nova Scotians understand what’s going on in our hospitals and what needs to be done to ensure no other family faces the same tragic situation as the Holthoff’s.”

Nova Scotia Health reports that over six years, 2,950 died in an Emergency Department in Nova Scotia.


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