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News Release: Health Minister’s Comments on Doctors Per Capita Do Not Tell the Full Story

This week, Health Minister John Haggie was quoted in a CBC interview as saying: “From a numbers point of view, physicians and nurses, we actually are blessed in terms of numbers per capita.” “The issue of physician turnover and the struggle to keep doctors in hard-to-recruit areas in rural Newfoundland and Labrador has been ongoing for decades. The Minister knows this from his time as NLMA President in 2002-2003. It’s time for Minister Haggie to acknowledge the gaps in our health care system and work with us to address the problems we are facing,” said NLMA President Dr. Susan MacDonald.


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