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PRESIDENT AND CEO’S MESSAGE Playing the long game I n the eight months we have been work- ing together as President and CEO, we have seen first-hand our members’ frustration. Many of you have gone so far as to say that you are angry with the government, the health authorities and Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS). We hear you and we understand. Your current working conditions – includ- ing low compensation, recruitment chal- lenges and health system bureaucracy – are all contributing factors. Although some members might have preferred us to take a more confrontational approach, we have continued working to rebuild relationships, taking action when necessary to support our principles. A few weeks ago, we requested a meeting with Premier Stephen McNeil. We told him what you’ve been telling us, and we told him we need to work together on solutions. It was an encouraging meeting. A few weeks later, the premier mentioned health care at the top of his State of the Province address. His first commitment was to work with DNS. This is a positive change – one you helped bring about. The continued public pressure exerted by physicians through the media, individual lobbying and the recent CBC health forums have made it impossible for the government and the health authority to ignore the issues with our health-care system. Now, it’s vital that we all work together. Addressing the crisis in primary care is a top priority but it is just the beginning. We know that rural specialists and academic funding plan physicians are also facing sig- nificant issues. We will continue working to see these challenges are addressed as well. Thank you for your continued sup- port and for the care you provide for our patients. Please reach out any time – we welcome your feedback. Manoj Vohra President, Doctors Nova Scotia Nancy MacCready-Williams CEO, Doctors Nova Scotia Addiction We know the way out. Crosbie House. Where the client and the treatment of the addiction always come first. Dr. David Saunders & Dr. James Rafferty Crosbie Directors & Consulting Physicians • 1-866-681-0613