Doctor shortage impacting patient care in Cape Breton

January 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm

New report shows patient mortality rate higher than Canadian average

Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg MLA Alfie MacLeod is furious with the Liberal government for allowing the doctor shortage in Cape Breton to worsen while patients at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital suffer the consequences.

A new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information says the mortality ratio for patients at the regional hospital is higher than the Canadian average and the Nova Scotia Health Authority has admitted the doctor shortage is one of the reasons why.

“This report is further proof that there is a healthcare crisis in Cape Breton and it is having a real, harmful impact on the people who live here,” says MacLeod. “The Health Authority has admitted the doctor shortage and high mortality rate are connected, so why isn’t the Liberal government stepping in to do something about it?”

MacLeod says fair and equal treatment for patients in Cape Breton is long overdue.

“Cape Bretoners are strong and resilient people, but enough is enough,” says MacLeod. “People here are sick and tired of closed emergency rooms, centralized services and not having a family doctor. They deserve better. The McNeil Liberals must stop ignoring their cries for help and actually do something to address the problems.”

MacLeod says while the Premier may believe his Liberal government is the first to address the doctor shortage, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

“McNeil can praise his record on healthcare all he wants,” says MacLeod, “But I challenge him to come to Cape Breton, and actually talk to the patients here in the ER, waiting to be seen by a doctor because they don’t have a family physician. Maybe then he will wake up and realize there is a crisis and it needs to be addressed immediately.”