Green Party Candidate for Sackville-Cobequid – Ian Dawson

Our Question:

If elected, how will your government manage the backlog of screenings and surgeries and ensure safe and timely access to cancer care so that patients across Nova Scotia can feel confident that their healthcare system will be there for them when they need it most?

Candidate Response:

Hello, Ms. Manthorne:

Cancer survivors are admirable and inspirational.  For me, the joy of lives recovered is best, but not only, exemplified by the phenomenal energy displayed by all the Dragon Boat races we see all around the world.

Cancer has touched far too many people from many walks of life, crossing gender, age, race, and socio-economic boundaries.

Improving the health care system’s ability to deliver timely support must consider three levers:

  1. In the shorter term, increase the capacity to reduce the current backlog of initiatives such as screenings and surgeries, as well as ensuring access to family physicians
  2. In the longer term, reduce the demands on the health care system through the promotion of active living and good dietary choices in order to reduce the current capacity imbalance to address, for instance, the demand for safe and timely access to cancer care when it is needed most
  3. Structurally, ensure inter-department transitions are streamlined to prevent desperately needed care from falling between budgetary silos

Specific strategies endorsed by the Green Party that target all those who require care are detailed on pages 21 and 22 of the Green Party’s “Because There is No Plan B” – From Crisis to Resilience: Climate Justice and a Just Recovery from COVID-19 for Nova Scotia.

While the other three parties are focused primarily on building health care capacity; the Green Party is uniquely positioned to focus also on reducing the demand.  Reducing demand not only leads to a smaller per-capita health care budget but also leads to enhanced quality of life.  As I am sure cancer survivors know, there is absolutely no substitute for the joy that comes from high quality of life.

I thank you for reaching out and look forward to receiving Green votes from all of those in your network.

All the best,

Ian Dawson

Green Party Candidate Sackville-Cobequid