OTTAWA– Liberal Health Critic Dr. Hedy Fry made the following statement on the end of Federal-Provincial-Territorial talks on the renewal of the Health Accord in Halifax today:
“The next health accord will decide the health and well-being of Canadians, and directly impact our workforce for years to come. The provinces and territories came to this critical negotiation to collaborate with the federal government but unfortunately the Conservatives have shown little more than disinterest in this vital file.
The federal government has a responsibility to lead these conversations and to ensure the long-term survivability of universal, public health care in Canada.
We need to work with the provinces and territories and have real conversations about access to safe and affordable drugs, home and long-term care options, stronger mental health supports, and reducing wait times.
It is time for the Conservative government to step up and get serious about transforming the health care system and preserving high-quality, universal, public health care for the next generations of Canadians.”