Higgs’s adoption of Nova Scotia’s health playbook a ‘huge gamble’ – CBC

Premier has two years to turn health-care system around

Jul 27, 2022

A tragic emergency-room death, a health care crisis — and a premier firing top health officials while promising to fix the system in short order.

It happened in New Brunswick this summer, but a remarkably similar series of events unfolded this time last year in Nova Scotia.

On July 22, 2021, a Bedford man, Keith Harker, died while waiting for care in the emergency department at the Cobequid Community Health Centre in Sackville.

The province was in the first week of an election campaign in which health care was already the driving issue.

“There was a sense that things were not going well, that there were multiple system failures and that something had to be done,” says Katherine Fierlbeck, a Dalhousie University political scientist specializing in health policy and politics.

“The Tories mounted a campaign very much based on ‘fixing’ health care, and I think that is what people responded to.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/premier-blaine-higgs-health-care-gamble-nova-scotia-1.6532732

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