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Liberals calling on Houston government to release doctor waitlist numbers, again

By Caitlin Snow Mar 9, 2023 | 12:33 PM

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Once again the doctor waitlist numbers are late and the Liberals aren’t having it.

The amount of people waiting for a family doctor is supposed to be released to the public within the first five days of the month.

Almost a week and a half in and we are still waiting, for the second month in a row.

“The Houston government needs to be honest with Nova Scotians about the state of healthcare,” says Opposition Leader Zach Churchill. “At a time when many people are struggling to access critical health services, they deserve to have the facts.”

Last month the amount of people waiting for a family doctor increased by 6,000, taking the list to over 133,000.

And with the news of the Southend Family Practice closing in the coming months, with four doctors retiring, there will be at least 4,000 more to add.

The doctor waitlist had been withheld last fall, causing the Nova Scotia Liberal Caucus to table the Need a Family Practice Registry Accountability Act that would require the government to release the doctor waitlist numbers within the first five business days of each month.

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