CHA eyeing ICU talks

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AMHERST The Cumberland Health Authority will continue to monitor ongoing talks between the Health Department and Doctors Nova Scotia over the staffing of intensive care units at rural hospitals.

AMHERST The Cumberland Health Authority will continue to monitor ongoing talks between the Health Department and Doctors Nova Scotia over the staffing of intensive care units at rural hospitals.

We currently have three internal medicine specialists who cover the ICU and they do have an on-call schedule they follow and they certainly would be impacted by any agreement that might be reached, Ann Keddy said. At this point, I dont know of any issues here.

Doctors Nova Scotia indicated in July that physicians are considering withdrawing their ICU services beginning Sept. 1 if a new deal is not agreed to that would recognize the extent of the work they do and the need to recruit more intensive-care specialists in rural parts of the province.

While some rural hospitals in the province rely on as few as two physicians to juggle their own practices, ICU schedules and emergency consultations, Keddy said Cumberland Countys three specialists Kris Szczesny, Scott Bowen and Galina Miletskaia staff the ICU while locums are called in when the need arises.

Were in far better shape than many other hospitals, Keddy said, adding it would be difficult should Doctors Nova Scotia withdraw ICU services.

The Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Upper Nappan is the lone facility in the county with an intensive-care unit.

In the meantime, Keddy said, the authority will continue to watch the situation and hope an agreement can be reached.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Health Department, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

Geographic location: Upper Nappan

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