We, the Liberal Opposition, stand in support of the 18 dedicated physicians of Prince County Hospital who have served their community amid the critical shortage of internal medicine physicians. Their plea for urgent action resonates deeply, highlighting the dire situation faced by both healthcare professionals and Islanders in need.
The Minister of Health's do-nothing approach on this matter is a disheartening display of neglect towards those who tirelessly work to safeguard the health of Islanders. Abandoning the healthcare professionals at PCH not only jeopardizes the well-being of Islanders but also exacerbates the strain on our healthcare system. What has the Minister been doing? For a year, the Liberal Opposition has been calling for a plan to return critical care services to PCH and nothing has happened.
Centralizing critical care services to the already capacity challenged QEH places an undue burden on healthcare providers and compromises the quality of care. This approach is unsustainable and leaves many Islanders without the timely and accessible healthcare they deserve.
We condemn the Minister of Health and the Conservative government for overlooking the gravity of the situation and doing nothing. We echo the call from the members of the East Prince Medical Staff Association to return critical care services at PCH within the next six months.
Our healthcare professionals deserve support and action, and Islanders deserve equal access to healthcare services across the entire island. It’s time for government to do something. The time for action is now, and we implore the government to prioritize the health and well-being of Islanders by addressing the staffing crisis at Prince County Hospital immediately.
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