Tyne Valley health cuts will increase pressure on Prince County Hospital
Summerside – Staffing and service cuts at the Tyne Valley Health Clinic will increase pressure on the Prince County Hospital, says Stratford-Kinlock MLA and Opposition Health CriticJames Aylward.
“Staffing shortages and budget cuts are reducing the services available to the community at the Tyne Valley Health Clinic. Not to mention the delay of the new manor in Tyne Valley that will force more seniors needing long-term care into hospital beds. With nowhere to turn locally for health care there will be more people turning up in the ER at Prince County Hospital as well,” says Aylward.
A nurse practitioner position to support the sole family doctor at the clinic has sat vacant since June. Attempts by the Tyne Valley Health Foundation to lobby the local MLA and the Health Minister to secure funding from government for a full-time position have been unsuccessful to date. Additionally, government has quietly postponed plans to construct a new manor in Tyne Valley to address the growing need for long-term care of Island seniors.
“Too many people in the Summerside area have no access to a family doctor. Some estimate that more than 2000 people in Summerside and the surrounding area don’t have a family doctor. That can be a big issue for seniors and families with young children, forcing them into the emergency room at the Prince County Hospital for a band-aid solution. We need to do a better job of making sure people in Summerside have good access to quality and timely health care,” says Summerside-Wilmot PC candidate Brian Ramsay.