NSCFP sup­ports province’s doc­tors

Truro Daily News - - OPINION -

To the edi­tor:

The Nova Sco­tia Col­lege of Fam­ily Physi­cians with over 1,100 mem­bers is a pro­vin­cial chap­ter of the Col­lege of Fam­ily Physi­cians of Canada which has over 36,000 mem­bers. Our man­date nei­ther en­tails ne­go­ti­at­ing fees and con­tracts on be­half of our mem­bers nor are we the reg­u­la­tory li­cens­ing body. How­ever, as the voice of fam­ily medicine, we ad­vo­cate on be­half of our fam­ily physi­cian mem­bers so they are able to fo­cus on what they do best: de­liver the best pos­si­ble care to their pa­tients.

The Doc­torsNS (DNS) Board of Di­rec­tors has served No­tices of In­tended Ac­tion to re­solve two long-stand­ing con­trac­tual is­sues: gov­ern­ment’s use of un­ap­proved con­tracts for Al­ter­na­tive Pay­ment Plan (APP) physi­cians, and monies owed to DNS for the physi­cians’ health and dental plan and other ben­e­fits.

We strongly sup­port our DNS col­leagues as they pur­sue this course of ac­tion.

In ad­di­tion to an ag­ing physi­cian work­force, a re­cent survey con­ducted of NS physi­cians re­vealed a high level of burnout from over­work. Add this to the prob­lem of over 100,000 Nova Sco­tians with­out a fam­ily physi­cian and our con­cerns are made clear.

At a time when Nova Sco­tia strug­gles to re­tain and re­cruit physi­cians it is im­por­tant to fos­ter a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, and this in­cludes work­ing to­gether to fo­cus on sys­tem is­sues.

We can take the first steps to­wards res­o­lu­tion by en­sur­ing physi­cians are treated with re­spect and fair­ness, and that we build the foun­da­tion for a trust­ing re­la­tion­ship.

Dr. Peter Bren­nan, NSCFP Pres­i­dent Cathie W. Car­roll, NSCFP Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

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