Government finally confirms flaws in Patient Registry: Aylward

Charlottetown – Recent comments by a member of the MacLauchlan Cabinet confirm long-standing Opposition concerns about the effectiveness of the provincial Patient Registry, says Stratford-Kinlock MLA and Health critic James Aylward.

For several years the Official Opposition has raised concerns about the effectiveness of the province’s Patient Registry which tracks Islanders without access to a family doctor. Recent public comments about doctor recruitment efforts in the Tyne Valley area by Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar confirm those concerns, with Biggar saying that the number of people currently on the Patient Registry doesn’t accurately reflect the number of Islanders needing access to a family doctor.

“For years we have raised concerns about the thousands of Islanders without access to a family doctor from Tignish to Souris. This lack of access increases long-term costs and worsens outcomes for patients. Now we have a Cabinet Minister finally agreeing that the Patient Registry isn’t working. With a new Health Minister on the job I’d like to see a commitment to making the Patient Registry a more effective health tool for Islanders,” said Aylward.

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