Sweeney says government must address
doctor shortage in Conception and Trinity Bays
November 29, 2006
George Sweeney, MHA for the District of Carbonear - Harbour
Grace, says the doctor shortage taking place in Conception Bay North and Trinity
Bay is creating many problems for the health care system in the area.
Sweeney raised the issue in the House of Assembly earlier
today. In the Heart=s
Content-Winterton area, the last doctor will be retiring after 37 years. This
will leave over 1700 patients without medical services. Many of these people
have serious health problems and are concerned with the impact that the lack of
doctor services will have on their health.
shortage of doctors in the Conception Bay North and Trinity Bay areas is of
great concern,@ said Mr.
communities in our area do not have access to a doctor, and people are being
forced to use the emergency services at the Carbonear regional hospital. This is
causing the facility to be stretched to the limit and putting stress on its
already limited resources.
addition, people are being forced to travel long distances to see a doctor and
two long-term care facilities on the Trinity shore are without attending
physicians. This is compromising response times and immediate access to
questioning the minister in the House of Assembly, it appears he doesn=t
realize that there is a full blown doctor shortage in our region. He
continuously stated that there are more doctors in the province than ever
before. Unfortunately, people in our communities are not seeing this benefit and
it is of little comfort to those without a family doctor.
challenge the minister to listen to my concerns and do something to address
this disturbing situation. The member for Trinity-Bay de Verde, Charlene
Johnson, may be willing to sit back and say nothing on this issue, but from the
calls I am receiving from her district, her constituents certainly are not.@