Latest doctor exit underscores flaws with Patient Registry: Aylward
Stratford – The latest announced departure of a family doctor in West Prince underscores the deep flaws in the province’s Patient Registry, says Stratford-Kinlock MLA and Opposition Workforce and Health Critic James Aylward.
“From time to time doctors will retire or leave to pursue new opportunities but my main concern is for the hundreds of patients who will be in limbo for months at least using stop gap measures to get access to primary health care. Telling people not to add their names to the Patient Registry suggests either the registry is broken or this tired government is trying to pad the stats to suggest the problem isn’t as bad as it really is,” says Aylward.
The MacLauchlan government confirmed this week that Dr. Filza Naveed, a family doctor practing in the Alberton area, will be leaving her practice next week. Patients of Dr. Naveed are being told not to add their names to the provincial Patient Registry for up to six months while a blend of locums, nurse practitioners, and nurses will attempt to fill the gap in access to health care, a decade after the Liberal government promised a family doctor for every Islander.
“We’ve seen over and over patients who fall through the cracks when their doctor retires or moves on due to the deeply flawed Patient Registry. This government’s failure to develop an accurate and responsive Patient Registry will lead to more Islanders using walk-in clinics and emergency rooms to try and access quality health care for their families,” says Aylward.