Government finally confirms flaws in Patient Registry: Aylward
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.
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.