Progressive Conservative Party Candidate for Dartmouth North – Lisa Coates

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:

Hi Jackie,

Thank you for your email. A Tim Houston government is focused on fixing healthcare. We have incredible opportunities to manage the backlog of screenings and surgeries and ensure safe and timely access to cancer patients so that patients across Nova Scotia know that they can trust and rely upon the healthcare system.

Another aspect of access to care that has been amplified in recent years is the waitlist for surgeries. Some individuals are living in pain, awaiting surgery to improve their joints, while others worry about the potential exacerbation of conditions as a result of extended delays. Presently, the hours that Operating Rooms (ORs) are open are generally limited to business hours, with the exception of emergent surgeries.

The only way to address the backlog is to open our ORs to allow surgeons to do their work outside of normal business hours. Once we are making the most efficient use of our ORs, we will start to see significant improvements on the waitlist.

I hope this answers your questions, Jackie. Please feel free to reach out should you have more queries.

Best regards,

Lisa Coates

Progressive Conservative Party Candidate for Dartmouth North