Sept. 20, 2017
evening, Doctors Nova Scotia met with senior government officials and
representatives of the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), Dalhousie Medical
School, the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Nova Scotia, and the IWK to
share solutions for healing Nova Scotia’s health-care system.
to government was simple: The physician workforce at present is fragile and at
Scotia’s physicians have serious concerns about their ability to effectively
practise medicine in the current health-care environment.
are feeling disconnected, disrespected and burnt out,” said Dr. Manoj Vohra,
President of Doctors Nova Scotia and family physician in Truro. “The time for
action is now. We must work together to make a meaningful difference for Nova
Scotians,” he added.
report by Doctors Nova Scotia lists five recommendations to strengthen Nova
Scotia’s physician workforce. Titled “Healing
Nova Scotia: Recommendations for a thriving physician workforce,”the
report synopsizes the highest-priority issues identified by physicians and
offers ways to address them. Doctors Nova Scotia gathered the feedback after
meeting in person with doctors in 24 communities across the province.
the issues facing the physician workforce are broad, complex and systemic, and
beyond the capacity of any individual health-system partner to resolve
independently,” says Dr. Vohra.
Nova Scotia believes the first step to improving the health-care system is a
commitment from all health partners to work together through a proposed Health
System Physician Coordination Council (HSPCC).
will review and act upon the five physician recommendations, which are to:
improve and restore local decision-making and engagement of physicians;
integrate existing recruitment initiatives to boost physician supply in Nova
Scotia; decrease the burden of unsustainable workloads; revive full-scope
comprehensive family medicine; and maintain rural specialty services.
are concerned for patient care in Nova Scotia and there are tremendous
opportunities for health partners to work together for the wellbeing of all
Nova Scotians,” said Dr. Manoj Vohra.
At the root
of many of these issues is a lack of trust. The trust that once existed between
physicians and key health-system stakeholders is eroding. Rebuilding that trust
is essential if we are to move forward effectively and make a meaningful
difference for Nova Scotians.
looking for a commitment from all partners to work together to create a
thriving physician workforce and the best possible health-care system for our
patients,” said Dr. Vohra.
physicians and stakeholders all want a health-care system that provides quality
health care to the people of Nova Scotia.”
The full report is available here.