Category Archives: Health care

New provincial health plan promises to keep local hospital services, but critics are skeptical

New Brunswick’s health minister announced a two-year plan today that includes measures to improve access to family doctors and mental health services, reduce wait times for hip and knee surgeries and help elderly people remain in their own homes. “I’m … Continue reading

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Sackville rally and walk to support front-line workers

About three dozen people, many waving yellow solidarity fists, gathered at Sackville Memorial Hospital Saturday before walking down Main Street to the Farmers Market. They were taking part in one of several rallies and walks in New Brunswick to support … Continue reading

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Shephard & McGrath suggest Sackville ER closures may be only temporary, but that will depend on recruiting more nurses

The CEO of the Horizon Health Network and the provincial minister of health seem to be sending mixed messages about whether the overnight, hospital emergency room closures in Sackville will be only temporary. “I received assurances from the minister that … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors overrule rookie mayor; endorse leadership role in hospital fight

Sackville Town Council is getting involved in the fight to maintain 24-hour emergency services at the town’s hospital. After a 49-minute debate last night at town hall, councillors voted to appoint Mayor Shawn Mesheau and one councillor to participate in … Continue reading

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Critics lambaste Horizon Health and province for weekend ER closures at Sackville hospital

The Horizon Health Network and the provincial government are facing a barrage of criticism for closing weekend evening and overnight emergency services at Sackville Memorial Hospital without any consultations. “I’m disappointed that we were not approached until the last minute,” … Continue reading

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N.B. health minister urged to upgrade Sackville hospital to community health-care hub

A local committee, which includes Acting Mayor Ron Aiken and former Mayors John Higham and Pat Estabrooks, is calling on the provincial minister of health to turn the Sackville Memorial Hospital  into a “community hub” for health care and wellness. … Continue reading

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Sackville mayoralty candidate Shawn Mesheau promises he’ll work to establish local hospital committee

Sackville councillor Shawn Mesheau says that if he’s elected mayor in the municipal elections on May 10th, he’ll work to establish a local hospital committee to act as a voice for the Tantramar region’s health care needs. “It would be … Continue reading

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Anti-racism advocate cites survey to show racism exists in N.B. even though many deny it

Anti-racism campaigner Husoni Raymond is questioning why a Mount Allison University professor used him as an example to support her argument that racism doesn’t exist in New Brunswick. “NB is NOT racist,” Psychology Professor Rima Azar wrote in an online … Continue reading

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Retired Sackville doctor welcomes consultations on health care

A retired doctor is welcoming the newly released provincial discussion paper on health care because he feels it touches on the main issues facing the system. “I think those (main issues) are there and I think that’s a good starting … Continue reading

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Acting Mayor Aiken calls for more services at Sackville’s hospital, not provincial cuts

Acting Mayor Ron Aiken says the Higgs government should be expanding services at the Sackville Memorial Hospital not cutting them. In a letter to the provincial health minister, Aiken writes that providing services in Sackville such as CT and MRI … Continue reading

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Sackville doctor supports Green plan for more local say over hospital services

A well-known doctor in Sackville says he agrees with the Green Party that small, rural hospitals don’t have nearly enough say in the kinds of medical services they provide. Allison Dysart was commenting on Green Party leader David Coon’s plan … Continue reading

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