Bain, MacLeod and Orrell call for more support for new doctors

December 14, 2018 at 11:59 am

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PC MLAs Keith Bain, Alfie MacLeod and Eddie Orrell say the McNeil Liberals should be doing more to retain doctors in Cape Breton.

Yesterday, media reported that Nova Scotia had successfully recruited 18 new doctors from their recent trip to the United Kingdom.

Victoria-The Lakes MLA Keith Bain says it is hard to see this as a victory when numerous doctors have left over the recent months in Cape Breton alone.

“You’ll forgive me if I don’t jump up and down for this announcement,” says Bain. “I can appreciate that bringing new doctors in is something to celebrate, but that doesn’t come close to mitigate the impact of the doctors who left.”

Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg MLA Alfie MacLeod says this government has no strategy to support new doctors who require updated credentials.

“Our government is recruiting doctors but giving no support once they get here,” says MacLeod. “We expect new doctors to do a full overhaul of their credentials to allow them to practice in Nova Scotia, but we leave them to fend for themselves when they arrive. How does that make sense?”

Northside-Westmount MLA Eddie Orrell says if this province plans to continue this method of recruitment from the UK, it needs to implement a system that updates their credentials.

“If we have any hope of keeping doctors from fleeing from this province, the Liberals need to do more to help them navigate our healthcare system,” says Orrell. “There is far too much at stake to be so sloppy with these recruitment efforts.”