Health P.E.I. to undertake a review of the distribution of family physicians
The president of the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island is applauding Health P.E.I.’s decision to undertake a review of the distribution of family physicians across the Island.
Health Minister Doug Currie announced the review last week.
“The last time a physician resource plan was done was 200809,” noted Dr. Jill Cunniffe.
“It’s important that it is redone, as the landscape has changed somewhat on P.E.I.,” she said, pointing to an aging population and, with it, a change in the complexity of health-care problems.
Cunniffe said she was encouraged to hear the minister’s commitment to ensuring all Islanders have timely access to a family doctor.
“We’re happy to work with government on that,” she said.
The number of patients who do not have a family physician is concerning, she said, pointing out that can lead to delayed diagnosis.
“When chronic disease is actively managed,” said Cunniffe, a hospitalist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, “you have better outcomes.
Dr. Jill Cunniffe is a hospitalist at the QEH, looking after up to 17 patients in any given day.