Keep­ing doc­tors here

The Victoria Standard - - Commentary -

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

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