Keeping doctors here
To the Editor:
This month, we heard from Dr. Emily Beaton of Baddeck - yet another physician who is leaving Cape Breton Island because our health-care system does not support those on the front lines. Like many other doctors, her workload has become unsustainable, and she is worried about her patients’ access to quality care.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority responded publicly to Dr. Beaton’s departure, suggesting that there were “misunderstandings” about the amount of work she would be expected to complete. This is yet another example of the Halifax-based health authority ignoring the doctors on the ground who are saying we have a health-care crisis in Nova Scotia.
It is reasonable for a doctor to expect community emergency rooms in Cape Breton to be open rather than closed. Or to expect services to be available to residents without unreasonably long wait-times. And it’s especially reasonable for a doctor in 2018 to expect to work in a functioning health care system where she could do her work as a doctor and raise a family.
What is the Liberal government doing to make sure we not only attract doctors to Nova Scotia but make sure they stay once they get here? Nova Scotia needs doctors. Cape Breton needs doctors. And as it stands now we’ve just lost one more to another province instead of keeping her here.
Tammy Martin MLA Cape Breton Centre NDP Spokesperson for Health