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NLMA agreement is positive, but countless healthcare issues remain: Dinn
Friday, February 4, 2022

(February 4, 2022) – Paul Dinn, PC Official Opposition Shadow Minister of Health and Community Services and MHA for Topsail-Paradise, today welcomes the news of a new deal for the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, but is reminding government the issues with doctor recruitment remain.

“The good news today is government can finally start a recruitment and retention program for doctors here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Instead of antagonizing doctors in the media, government can finally get to work in keeping up with other Atlantic Provinces in their recruitment efforts,” said Dinn.

“The Liberal government has let this situation get worse and worse since they took office and after six years, the people of the province are still waiting on a retention and recruitment plan and a marketing plan. I look forward to progress on these critical issues, after such a needlessly long wait.”

Dinn says these issues are only growing more urgent as doctors continue to retire in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Recently we’ve heard of a medical centre closing soon in Bishop’s Falls due to the retirement of the town’s only doctor, which is all too common a story around Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Dinn.

“I’m hopeful today’s news is a step in the right direction, but I remind government the issues facing the healthcare system in Newfoundland and Labrador are still in desperate need of attention.”
 

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