Higher per­cent­age of peo­ple in Hal­i­fax with­out fam­ily doc­tor: sur­vey

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

HAL­I­FAX (CP) — A re­cent sur­vey sug­gests 20 per cent of Hal­i­fax res­i­dents don’t have ac­cess to a fam­ily doc­tor.

The study com­mis­sioned by Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Nova Scotia says ac­cess to doc­tors in Hal­i­fax is 80 per cent — lower than the pro­vin­cial rate of 86 per cent. Dr. Frances Mo­ri­arty, who’s been prac­tis­ing since 1978, says the num­bers are trou­bling, adding she can’t name a sin­gle doc­tor in Dart­mouth who’s cur­rently ac­cept­ing new pa­tients. She says she was sup­posed to re­tire in De­cem­ber, but can’t find a re­place­ment and, in fact, is still look­ing for a fam­ily doc­tor her­self af­ter hers re­tired three years ago.

The sur­vey of 400 Nova Sco­tians was con­ducted in Oc­to­ber and is ac­cu­rate within 4.9 per­cent­age points 19 times out of 20.

The Health Depart­ment says 22 new nurs­ing pro­fes­sion­als will be added to col­lab­o­ra­tive prac­tices across the prov­ince, which will give 14,000 more Nova Sco­tians ac­cess to pri­mary care.

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