SYDNEY RIVER, NS – Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg MLA Alfie MacLeod says the McNeil government is failing Cape Bretoners when it comes to addressing the local doctor shortage.
“The problem with the shortage of doctors in Cape Breton isn’t going away,” says MacLeod. “People were given some hope that things were going to be done to address the doctor shortage but turns out that was false hope.”
In the fall, the McNeil government launched a new public communications campaign allowing a new family doctor waitlist option for people to call 811. Those who had placed their name on a local wait list through Nova Scotia Health Authority before November 1 were to be automatically moved over to the new list.
The PC Caucus filed a freedom of information request asking for the number of Nova Scotians on the list. The health authority responded saying, “Unfortunately, we do not have the information at present. It is being compiled and is not ready to be released. I am closing your application with our office.”
The collaborative clinic that was supposed to open in October is postponed indefinitely. Cape Bretoners were told the new date is late January to early February, but still no firm date has been announced.
“The McNeil government never plans anything past the press conference,” MacLeod says. “Stephen McNeil broke his election promise of a doctor for every Nova Scotian. The time for talk is over. It’s time for action and firm commitments from the McNeil government.”