Islanders need family doctor access, not alternative facts: Aylward
Stratford – Islanders in search of a family doctor need access to a family doctor, not cherry picked statistics and alternative facts from the MacLauchlan government, says Straford-Kinlock MLA and Opposition Health Critic James Aylward.
“Ten years ago the signature commitment of this government was that every Islander would have access to a family doctor. Ten years later we still have thousands of Islanders sitting on a waiting list for years at a stretch while ER’s and walk-in clinics across the province fill up. The excuses and the spin are getting as tired as this government,” says Aylward.
Aylward noted that a recent government press release on family doctor access referred to ‘primary care providers’, which includes health professionals other than doctors such as Nurse Practitioners who don’t have as broad a scope of practice as doctors. Aylward also questioned the use of the term ‘active individuals on the registry’, what constitutes an active versus an inactive person on the Patient Registry, and what the true combined number of active and inactive people waiting on the Patient Registry actually is.
“What Islanders are looking for is access to a family doctor like they were promised, not alternative facts trying to minimize what a serious problem we have with the Patient Registry and family doctor access in this province,” says Aylward.