McNeil government must address family doctor shortage in Cape Breton

June 29, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says the McNeil government needs to take immediate steps to curb a family doctor shortage in Cape Breton. She says the current situation that developed while the McNeil government was preoccupied amalgamating health authorities is placing a tremendous strain on already overcrowded emergency rooms in the region.

She made the comments after CBC reported that 13 family doctors in Cape Breton either have retired or will retire in the next 18 months. As a result, patients are being forced to visit emergency rooms for such routine matters as having a prescriptions re-filled.

“During the last election, Stephen McNeil promised he would ensure every Nova Scotian has access to a family doctor,” says MacDonald. “Almost two years later, not only has he broken that promise but the situation has gotten worse, particularly in Cape Breton. It’s clear the Premier and his Liberal government lost focus on what really matters – patient care. They were too busy picking fights with health care workers.”