NDP

Liberal plan won’t address doctor shortage

September 16, 2016


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – The McNeil government has announced that it won’t be able to implement a program to service the communities of Digby, Shelburne, Tatamagouche, HRM and Cape Breton until 2017. Under the program, eight doctors will be hired on one year contracts to rotate through four practices in the target communities. Doctors will be under no obligation to stay in a community following the year.

“The 90,000 people who are without family doctors can’t wait for the Liberal to hire a few doctors months from now,” said NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson.

In an interview today, officials with the Nova Scotia District Health Authority said they couldn’t recruit doctors right away because details of the program were not ready for July.

“It is clear that Stephen McNeil and Leo Glavine don’t understand the urgency of this issue,” said Wilson. “Nova Scotians deserve to know what the Liberal plan is to deliver on their promise to provide a doctor for every person in the province.”

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