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Local warnings, cancellations and closures

August 23

  • The emergency department at Pugwash Hospital is closed from 8 am to 8 pm.

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New Pugwash Hospital on Life Support
Bill Martin
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New Pugwash Hospital on Life Support

Talk of a new hospital for Pugwash is not dead. The MLA for Cumberland North says the long-awaited Pugwash hospital replacement is actually moving forward, albeit very slowly.

Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) has completed its final plan and has asked the Department of Health for approval.

The MLA did not say if there is a timeline for construction to start, but she did say she was heartened by the fact the project is still in the financial estimates for the current fiscal year.

A replacement for the aging facility has been in the works for decades. A succession of provincial governments, including Conservative, NDP, and Liberal, have taken turns in announcing a new facility, usually connected to a provincial election.

The most recent promise was made by Premier Stephen McNeil who stood in the hospital’s boardroom just prior to the last general election to announce that “Shovels would be in the ground in 2018.” That promise faded too though the Liberal government continued to dangle hope by an oblique reference to the facility in the current provincial budget.

The northern part of Cumberland County continues to be underserved as a shortage of doctors has led to regular closure of the emergency service during daytime hours. While most rural hospitals suffer some service interruption, Pugwash leads the province with emergency closures averaging six days a week over the last year with runs of up to 12 consecutive days without service.

The general consensus among healthcare workers is that doctors have left the area due to the broken promises and new physicians are reluctant to commit to the community until a new facility is built.

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Susan Roseveare

I hope it’s real progress and not Liberal empty promises.


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Dierdra Stillman

Okay pugwash shake your head and have some common sense here this hospital should have been demolished years ago it's disgusting downstairs that family room is horrible it should be turned into an emergency clinic X-ray and blood work only because then we may be able to keep a doctor on staff and anything else that comes through here anyhow gets dispersed to Amherst Truro Halifax or Moncton just bulldoze the damn hospital down !! Stop wasting taxpayers money.....


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Felicia Mattinson

Why fix or build a new one when they have nobody to work at it.


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Joanna Grace Darragh

We went there Saturday with Myra supposed to be open... no doctor had to go to Amherst

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Events This Week

Friday, August 23, 2019 6:00 PM

Fun Night at the Malagash Legion. Pass the Ace, Jig the Joker, and board games.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:00 PM

Chase the Ace at the Pugwash Legion. Click HERE for details.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:00 PM

Open House at the new Pugwash Harbourfront Centre in Eaton Park. Tour the new facility and enjoy a concert from 2 to 3 pm.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:30 PM

Dancing to Live Music at the Wentworth Community Centre. Click HERE for details.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:00 PM

Gospel in the Park at the Pugwash Harbourfront Centre with music by 'For the Master'. In the event of rain, go to Pugwash Baptist Church.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Northport Community Centre.

Monday, August 26, 2019 10:00 AM

Rug Hooking at Northport Community Centre.

Monday, August 26, 2019 10:00 AM

Walk 'n Talk at the Wentworth Community Centre. Click HERE for detail.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:00 AM

Quilting at the Northport Community Centre.

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