Premier has committed to having SANE services in Truro: health minister

The health minister says the Sexual Assault Examiner Nurse (SANE) program is being expanded to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre.

In a letter sent to one of two women who recently came forward about being turned away from the hospital after being sexually assaulted, a copy of which has been given to our newsroom, Randy Delorey says the Premier has committed to having SANE services in Truro.

Delorey says expanding SANE services in the area will help enhance system responsiveness and is an important component of a trauma-informed approach to victims of sexual assault.

He goes on to say the health department is developing a solution to mitigate current gaps in access in Cumberland and Colchester counties, as well as identifying options to address service gaps in the longer term.

However, no timeline or specific details have been disclosed.

SANE programs currently operate in Antigonish, New Glasgow, Halifax, Dartmouth, Lower Sackville, Yarmouth, and the Port Hawkesbury area, with the province recently announcing sites will be added in Cape Breton, the Annapolis Valley, and South Shore.

The letter also says the minister plans to follow up with the Nova Scotia Health Authority regarding the woman's experience in September 2014, so the specifics can be used to make more improvements.

In a letter sent to one of two women who recently came forward about being turned away from the Truro hospital after being sexually assaulted, Health Minister Randy Delorey says the Premier has committed to having SANE services in Truro. (Submitted)

In a letter sent to one of two women who recently came forward about being turned away from the Truro hospital after being sexually assaulted, Health Minister Randy Delorey says the Premier has committed to having SANE services in Truro. Our newsroom has redacted the name and email address of the letter's recipient to protect her privacy. (Submitted)