Nova Scotia Liberal Party Response

Dear Candidate/Party,

Please respond to these important questions.

Our question is, if elected, what action will your government take to ensure that all Nova Scotians are guaranteed safe and timely access to essential cancer care?

Your response will be circulated to cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors in Nova Scotia and included on our website at Links to your responses will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Response from candidate:

The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network,

Thank you for your email and for the important work the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network does for cancer patients, survivors and their families. We know how important timely access to cancer care is and the Nova Scotia Liberal Party is dedicated to supporting patients, their families and the healthcare teams that provide care. Please see below for answers to your questions.  

The Liberal government is committed to providing Nova Scotians with the cancer care and support they need closer to home, with investments totalling $18 million for ongoing supports in cancer care.  

The Liberal Government has invested more than $4 billion in spending for new hospitals,  emergency care centres, and community health centres that will completely transform the way healthcare is delivered in Nova Scotia. These represent the largest healthcare redevelopment projects in the province’s history, which when completed will provide patients across the province with state-of-the-art facilities and the quality of care they need and deserve when and where they need it.  

The Halifax Infirmary expansion includes a Cancer Care centre with radiation therapy and ambulatory cancer clinics, an inpatient centre with new operating rooms, critical care beds,  inpatient beds, diagnostic services and renal dialysis. It is expected to be completed by 2026.  We also intend to invest nearly $1 million annually to enhance cancer care in Southwestern  Nova Scotia. This will cover additional staff, medical supplies, and other supports for patients.  Investments span across Nova Scotia, also including a brand new and improved cancer centre in the CBRM Redevelopment Project. The CBRM cancer centre will provide a more comfortable,  supportive centre focused on patients and their families. Technology and additional supports under one roof will enhance the quality of care for patients, closer to home, and reduce the number of visits throughout treatment. 

While there is still more work to do, these investments will make an impact on patients across Nova Scotia. We are committed to working through the backlog created by the Covid 19  pandemic to ensure timely access to cancer care. 

Doctor recruitment and retention is a top priority for the Rankin government. In 2021, our government committed $12.2 million for physician training at Dalhousie Medical School,  including an additional $1.2 million to continue funding 16 new seats for a total of $2.7 million this year. We commit to establishing a Primary Care Council and will invest $1 million annually to establish a new community-based integration program with dedicated funding to support local groups, who have the proven expertise, networks, and resources to welcome and support new doctors and their families.  

We will also launch the Office of Physician Recruitment and Retention with an initial $5 million budget, effectively doubling Nova Scotia’s investment in physician recruitment. Additionally,  we will invest an additional $6 million to support virtual care clinics for Nova Scotians currently on the waitlist by expanding the VirtualCare NS program to all four health zones in Nova Scotia. 

The Liberal Party is committed to continuing to make strategic, targeted investments to increase access to health and cancer care and provide optimal patient care. We thank you for your continued dedication and the work you do to ensure the quality of life for patients, survivors, and their families.

Thank you,

Nova Scotia Liberal Party