Seventeen backed-up ambulances lead to 10-hour wait for patients at Halifax ER: Union
The Nova Scotia Government Employees Union says there's 'chaos' at the province's busiest emergency room and is again calling on Premier Stephen McNeil to see what is happening first hand.
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The president of the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union is calling on Premier Stephen McNeil to meet him at the province’s busiest emergency room next week to see first-hand what the NSGEU refers to as 'chaos.'
In a release issued Tuesday, NSGEU President Jason MacLean said at the Halifax Infirmary ER overnight Monday into Tuesday, there were 17 ambulances backed up resulting in a 10-hour wait for some to get treatment.
"If Stephen McNeil can find time to be the most traveled premier in the country surely he can find time to visit the Halifax Infirmary Emergency Department so he can see for himself the chaos that patients and health care workers are experiencing on a daily basis,” a statement from MacLean says.
The NSGEU says the number of ambulance visits for the Halifax Infirmary ER has been increasing each year, hitting more than 1,500 in 2016.
MacLean has been calling on the premier to visit the province’s largest ER to see what is happening. So far, McNeil has yet to take him up on the offer.
“Will the premier set aside time in the next week to meet me at the Halifax Infirmary Emergency Department so he can shake the hands and hear the stories from the many dedicated women and men who are doing their best to provide emergency care while surrounded by chaos?,” MacLean says. "It's time for this Liberal government to wake up, admit there is a crisis, and together we will work to find solutions in the best interest of Nova Scotians."