Province falling short in physician recruitment:Dexter

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AMHERST  With emergency departments continuing to close because of a lack of physicians, the leader of the provinces New Democrats does not feel the province is doing enough to stop the bleeding.

AMHERST  With emergency departments continuing to close because of a lack of physicians, the leader of the provinces New Democrats does not feel the province is doing enough to stop the bleeding.

The NDP leader, who visited the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Tatamagouche earlier this week, said he is well aware of the situation being faced by rural communities across the province, including Pugwash where the emergency department closed for two more 12-hour periods earlier this week.

The minister has been talking about tying admissions to an agreement to work in rural Nova Scotia. To a lot of people that sounds good, but reality is thats tougher to do than it sounds, he said. If you want people who are committed to work in rural Nova Scotia you cant require them, you have to attract them by giving them incentives so they want to be in rural Nova Scotia.

Dexter said people in rural Nova Scotia are worried about the quality of health care in their communities and the provinces inability to attract physicians to work there. Tying admissions to an agreement to go to rural Nova Scotia is a positive step, Dexter said, but most of those physicians will leave as soon as their terms are up.

Instead of forcing physicians to go there, Dexter feels, many will choose to stay in rural communities because of the quality of life.

The reality is when they get into these communities and see what they have to offer many of them would be willing to stay. You have to get them out to these rural communities and experience life there, he said.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: NDP, Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Tatamagouche

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Pugwash

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