New Brunswick
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Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick
2,012 days in office
59th legislature of New Brunswick
09 Nov 2018 - 17 Aug 2020
60th legislature of New Brunswick
29 Sep 2020 - Present

The 2020 New Brunswick general election was held on September 14 to elect the 49 members of the 60th Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.

The Progressive Conservative Party, led by incumbent Premier Blaine Higgs, won 27 seats, forming a majority government. Higgs was head of a minority government since the 2018 elections.

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Promise History

2.12.06 - “[B]y March 31, 2021, we will cut our wait list in half for the number of people who have been waiting over a year for hip […] replacement surgery.”

In progress

According to our methodology, in order for this promise to be considered kept, a reduction of half the waiting list must be observed between the beginning of the current term on September 29, 2020 and the deadline for the promise on March 31, 2021. The status of the promise will be subject to review when this data becomes available. For now, the available data indicates that there has been some progress made, so the promise is considered to be in progress.

“The provincial government has reduced the number of people waiting longer than a year for hip and knee replacements by over 50 per cent, between December 2020 and April 30, 2021. […] From December 2020 to April 2021, the number of people on a waiting list decreased from 747 to 346. As part of a pilot project in Saint John, over 450 hip and knee replacement surgeries have been completed at St. Joseph’s Hospital since Oct. 13, 2020.”

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“Shephard said a pilot project at St-Joseph’s Hospital in Saint John will soon cut the growing wait times for knee and hip surgeries. In recent weeks, St-Joseph’s has increased the number of hip and knee surgeries to as many as 20 per week. She said this will help the Higgs government reach its goal of cutting wait times in half by March. Shephard said the province is also running programs to help people waiting for surgery with physiotherapy so they can manage their pain better and, in some cases, eliminate it altogether.”

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“Prior to COVID-19 and the cancellation of the elective surgeries, the average wait time for a knee or hip replacements in this province was 450 days. “That would be roughly, the average would be about a year and a half wait for a knee or a hip arthroplasty prior to the pandemic. Now it’s an extra 90 days.” Forsythe said the province hasn’t made any progress with the wait-list. Instead, it has become a lot worse since the first wave of the pandemic, something he finds troubling and discouraging.”

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