Doc­tors rais­ing alarm on de­part­ing physi­cians

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SYD­NEY — Doc­tors are rais­ing the alarm about ad­di­tional pend­ing departures of spe­cial­ists and fam­ily physi­cians and plan a press con­fer­ence to­day to dis­cuss the an­tic­i­pated im­pact of the losses.

In a me­dia ad­vi­sory is­sued Thurs­day, a group of doc­tors in­di­cated that in re­cent weeks they have learned that six more physi­cians in the ar­eas of oph­thal­mol­ogy, ra­di­ol­ogy, psy­chi­a­try and fam­ily medicine plan to leave Cape Bre­ton in May and June.

In the re­lease, they note that the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the number of eye spe­cial­ists in par­tic­u­lar will now pre­cip­i­tate a loss of cov­er­age on week­ends be­gin­ning in June, re­quir­ing eye in­juries to travel to Hal­i­fax for de­fin­i­tive man­age­ment dur­ing those times. Con­cerns are run­ning high over physi­cian short­ages in Cape Bre­ton. A doctor-led rally held in Syd­ney Mines ear­lier this month at­tracted hun­dreds of peo­ple who packed the Me­mo­rial High gym­na­sium. In ad­di­tion to doctor short­ages, physi­cians have raised con­cern over the lack of op­por­tu­nity for front-line health-care work­ers to have in­put into the sys­tem with the shift to cen­tral­ized ad­min­is­tra­tion and a sin­gle provincewide health author­ity.

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