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Mental health care the focus of Wednesday government committee meeting

Nova Scotia's deputy health minister says a recent decision to move three mental health and addiction clinics out of downtown Dartmouth doesn't put up barriers for those seeking care
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Nova Scotia's deputy health minister says a recent decision to move three mental health and addiction clinics out of downtown Dartmouth doesn't put up barriers for those seeking care. 

Dr. Kevin Orrell, along with other healthcare leaders in the province, were on hand Wednesday morning for a standing committee meeting looking at the mental health situation in the province.

Orrell was asked about the relocation of those three clinics to one building in Portland Hills, far from the downtown core.

"I think that Nova Scotia is a relatively small province and there are supports in place for people who have issues with transportation," he stated.

"I think the state of all of health care is such that there's amalgamation of service in some areas that people become very familiar with."

The committee also looked into progress on a damning 2017 auditor general report that found deficiencies in the province's mental health planning and delivery. 

Nova Scotia Health Authority CEO, Dr. Brendan Carr, told the committee progress is being made.

"Those concerns have been substantively addressed," he said. "Are we perfect? No, but we will continue to improve."

 

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