Leadership Hopefuls Talk Seniors & The Environment At A School In Grand Bay-Westfield

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 23:00 PM

A theatre at River Valley Middle school bursting at the seams with people watching the 6 leadership candidates in the PC leadership race discuss the issues.

Southwest Miramichi MLA Jake Stewart says healthcare should be centralized adding the biggest challege we have is looking after those who do not have doctors.      He thinks if we used all the health professionals we have there wouldn't be a doctor shortage.

Fredericton West-Hanwell MLA Brian MacDonald says we should harness the potential for change in healthcare.
He says we have to put it light years ahead of where it is now saying we should put that same spirit that doctors and nurses use when they are operating and put it on the administrative side.

Monica Barley says we have to do better when it comes to senior care adding it's cheaper to provide them with care they need at home than to have them hospitalized.

Mel Norton spoke of a doctor who gave him a copy of a report that was ignored by government adding we need to listen to physicians with concerns about the billing system that makes them want to leave the province.

Quispamsis MLA Blaine Higgs says while in government he asked the question:   Who manages clinical services in New Brunswick?
He says the answer was nobody so if you have an unmanaged system that operates differently in every sector of the province then it's no wonder we can't improve performance.

Former MP Mike Allen says you have communities working very hard to retain doctors but they can't get a billing number.
He says we need to get the billing number sham out of the way and let doctors compete.

A new leader for the PC party of New Brunswick will be chosen at a convention in Fredericton this October.