HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's NDP government has appointed Dr. John Ross
as its new adviser to help address the chronic problem of emergency
room closures in rural communities.
Health minister Maureen MacDonald says Ross has the passion, experience and leadership necessary to tackle the challenge.
The promise to make the appointment was one of the NDP's key campaign pledges.
came to public prominence last winter when he called a mass casualty
alert - normally reserved for incidents like plane crashes - at
Atlantic Canada's largest hospital due to a patient backlog.
the time of calling the Code Orange, Ross was the director of the
emergency room at Halifax's Queen Elizabeth II Health Centre.
New Democrats were supportive of Ross' decision, but he faced criticism
from senior hospital administrators, who argued alternatives were