NDP Premier Darrell Dexter says families should be concerned that Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil plans to take health care back to the way it was in 1999.
Dexter says McNeil hasn’t been very forthcoming with his plans for health care since campaigning started, until recently.
“In an interview with Global TV, McNeil said he would turn back the clock on health care to just the way they did things in 1999,” said Dexter to a reporters on Wednesday.
He adds the result of the health care initiatives in the 1990s included closing 1,600 hospital beds and forcing 1,000 nurses out of the profession.
“Health care workers are saying no to this plan, community volunteers are saying no to this plan and so are municipal councils,” said Dexter.
He adds Nova Scotians’ should say no to turning back the clock to the past in health care when casting their ballots next Tuesday.
Dexter is also attacking the Liberal plan to reduce administration by cutting the number of district health authorities from 10 to two.
He says that would create chaos and result in a ‘super bureaucracy’ that will centralize decisions and drive up costs.
The Liberals say $13 million would be save by cutting the health boards, and that they would put the money towards frontline patient care.