Doctors raising alarm on departing physicians
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.