Doc­tor short­age ex­plored

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE -

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.

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