LaVie wants Souris doctor commitment honoured
SOURIS - Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie is calling on the MacLauchlan government to honour its commitment to fill the physician complement for the Souris and Eastern Kings areas.
“During the election the Premier committed to the people of Eastern Kings that the area’s doctor complement of four would be filled but there doesn’t appear to have been any work done on that promise since then,” said LaVie. “When I asked about this in the House the former Health Minister said there wasn’t a need and that there wasn’t any recruitment being done to fill that fourth position. That’s unacceptable and I want the new Health Minister to follow through on the promise made to the people.”
LaVie noted that even members of the provincial Cabinet have recently publicly recognized that the province’s Patient Registry isn’t accurately reflecting the number of Islanders looking for a family doctor.
“Here we have one Cabinet Minister saying there’s no need to recruit another doctor because of statistics from the Patient Registry. Then we have another Cabinet Minister saying publicly that the Patient Registry isn’t a true picture of the number of Islanders needing access to a family doctor. Being from a rural area himself I hope the new Health Minister recognizes the shortcomings of the Patient Registry and can get this issue dealt with right away,” said LaVie.
LaVie also noted that there are no scheduled walk-in clinics at the Souris Clinic for the next month because of a shortage of physicians which will further delay timely access to care for area residents.