Doctor shortage explored
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s health minister says the government is working on a solution to a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists that is being experienced in some parts of the province. But Leo Glavine said Thursday it could take a year or more for a solution as the province recruits more doctors. The province is looking at a successful program used by the IWK Health Centre in Halifax as a model for the province. “How that will be done will be part of the provincial service planning, to have the right number of obstetrician-gynecologists in each of the centres,” Glavine said Thursday. “We need that backup. We need that way to be able to fill in when a doctor is sick or goes away for a month of professional development, whatever.” In the meantime, Glavine said the province has been able to recruit a new obstetrician for Antigonish to replace a doctor who is retiring.